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View of Stehekin and the north end of Lake Chelan.
View of Stehekin and the north end of Lake Chelan.
Stehekin is located in Washington (state)
Stehekin
Stehekin
Location in Washington (state)
Country United States
State Washington
County Chelan
Population
 (1996)
 • Total 75 (estimated)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)

Stehekin is a small unincorporated community in Chelan County, Washington. The name "Stehekin" comes from a word in the Salishan language that means "the way through". Stehekin has about 75 permanent residents, although its population swells during the summer with vacationers and seasonal workers.

Climate

Stehekin has a highly unusual type of a continental climate that follows a hot-summer mediterranean (csa) precipitation pattern with the heavy winter snowfall being a major exception to a typical mediterranean climate. Summers are warmed by its inland location and the seasonal aridity rendering in frequent hot days. By contrast winter falls to temperatures far cooler than those encountered at the coast, but are still moderate compared to areas further east in North America's interior.

Climate data for Stehekin, Washington (1985 - 2014 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 55
(13)
59
(15)
70
(21)
88
(31)
101
(38)
103
(39)
107
(42)
105
(41)
98
(37)
84
(29)
67
(19)
62
(17)
107
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 33.5
(0.8)
38.7
(3.7)
47.7
(8.7)
58.8
(14.9)
68.7
(20.4)
75.7
(24.3)
85.3
(29.6)
84.2
(29.0)
74.1
(23.4)
57.5
(14.2)
41.2
(5.1)
33.1
(0.6)
58.2
(14.6)
Average low °F (°C) 18.6
(−7.4)
21.7
(−5.7)
30.4
(−0.9)
38.0
(3.3)
44.1
(6.7)
51.2
(10.7)
58.7
(14.8)
58.1
(14.5)
50.5
(10.3)
36.4
(2.4)
26.8
(−2.9)
19.3
(−7.1)
37.8
(3.2)
Record low °F (°C) −18
(−28)
−16
(−27)
−5
(−21)
19
(−7)
25
(−4)
30
(−1)
36
(2)
30
(−1)
22
(−6)
16
(−9)
0
(−18)
−11
(−24)
−18
(−28)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 6.43
(163)
3.67
(93)
2.98
(76)
1.63
(41)
1.13
(29)
0.79
(20)
0.55
(14)
0.63
(16)
0.98
(25)
3.46
(88)
6.80
(173)
6.45
(164)
35.5
(902)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 41.3
(105)
19.7
(50)
8.4
(21)
0.2
(0.51)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.0
(0.0)
10.9
(28)
42.0
(107)
122.5
(311.51)
Source: NOAA

Transportation

There is no road access to Stehekin, although roughly 22 miles (35 km) of road exist there. It is reachable by passenger ferry (the Lady of the Lake), by private boat from Chelan, by foot over Cascade Pass, by floatplane, or by small aircraft via a turf airstrip open from June through September. The vehicles in Stehekin have been barged there on Lake Chelan.

In addition to access by Lake Chelan, visitors come to Stehekin by horseback, hiking, and flying into Stehekin State Airport (Identifier 6S9). The airport is only open July, August, and September, and is noted by the Washington State Department of Transportation as being one of the state's most challenging airports. While only 1,230 ft (370 m) msl, there are mountains on the sides and trees at each end of the 2,630 ft (800 m) runway. The airport is often a base for firefighting, at which times it is closed to public use. The Harlequin campground is located next to the airport. Trout and sockeye salmon are popular targets for fishing in Stehekin.

In 2003, much of the upper (northern) half of the Stehekin Valley Road was washed out by the nearby Stehekin River. Thus, access via Cascade Pass has become more difficult, adding as much as 10 miles (16 km) to the already strenuous trek.

A former company mining town, now operated as a Lutheran Church retreat, with similar access is Holden Village, surrounded by the Glacier Peak Wilderness and located 12 miles (19 km) up the Railroad Creek Valley from Lucerne, a boat landing on Lake Chelan.

Stehekin is accessible from Washington Pass via the Pacific Crest trail. The PCT could also be used to access Stehekin from the Suiattle River Valley. Additionally, a network of trails through the mountains east of Stehekin provide access by foot and motorcycle to the Methow Valley area. The Chelan Summit trail starts near the nexus of Grade Creek Road in Chelan and provides a continuous trail all the way into Stehekin. 7,000 feet below on the lake shore runs the Lake Shore Trail, which leads into Stehekin from Prince Creek. The Lady of the Lake ferry services this trail head.

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