Prince Creek Wilderness Trail #1255


This trail begins out of the Prince Creek Campground at Lake Chelan. The trail, within Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness, begins by switchbacking through ponderosa pine stands for about 3 ½ miles heading northeast. Then it crosses Prince Creek (no bridge, can be hazardous). The trail continues along Prince Creek and meets North Fork Prince Creek Trail #1254 at the Wilderness boundary. Continuing on Prince Creek Trail #1255 the trail follows the Middle Fork of Prince Creek leaving Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness until it arrives at the west end of Cub Lake. 

The tread at the 1.75 mile, through a small cliff, is washed out. Rock steps for hikers down and around the washout have been installed. Trail is not passable by stock. There is no bridge or foot-log across Prince Creek at mile 4 and the creek is very difficult to cross during spring run-off. Even though trail has been “maintained” the part of the trail in the burned over area will continue to have trees fall frequently.  

There are few rustic locations for camping along Prince Creek Trail (no facilities). Camping facilities (table, fire ring, and toilets) are located at the east end of Cub Lake. Cub Lake is excellent fishing and is accessible from shore at several locations.

The trail then runs up the drainage that connects Boiling and Cub Lakes. Facilities (tables, fire rings, and hitch racks) are located at Boiling Lake. The trail finishes by switchbacking up the ridge behind Boiling Lake, to Horsehead Pass.

Water is generally available along the trail, but should be treated. Stock feed is available between Cub and Boiling Lakes.

Trail is closed to bikes from Prince Creek to Cub Lake as well as within Lake Chelan- Sawtooth Wilderness.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Click here
Best Season: Spring, and Summer
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply Trail is closed to bikes from Prince Creek to Cub Lake as well as within Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness..
Closest Towns: Chelan, WA
Water: must be treated
Restroom: At Prince Creek Campground
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Chelan Ranger District.

General Information


From Chelan, boat approximately 34 miles up lake. Prince Creek Campground is on the north shore.


From Chelan, travel south on Highway 97 Alternate for 3 miles. Turn right onto Southshore Road and go approximately 17 miles to Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park. From the Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park boat launch, boat approximately 15 miles to Prince Creek Campground on the north shore.

The Lady of the Lake provides passenger ferry service from Chelan to Stehekin with stops available at Fields Point, Prince Creek, Moore Point, and Lucerne. Please check their website for availability, fees, and scheduling:

Important:  Drop off stops at Prince Creek and Moore Point are by request only. If you are at Prince Creek or Moore Point waiting to be picked up, “flagging” down the boat may be necessary.

Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park is a popular boat launch for accessing many up lake recreation sites via personal boat. Please check their website for amenities, fees, and schedule:



General Notes:

Maps: Green Trails- Prince Creek


There are two main parking areas (for a fee) for up lake travel when using the Lady of the Lake services.  The Boat company dock in Chelan and Field’s Point Landing, located 17 miles out of Chelan on the South Shore road.

Field's Point Fees:

Day Use 3-12 hours: $5.00

Over Night: $7.00

5-7 Days: $30.00



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  Area/Length : 
8.7 miles

  Elevation : 
1100 ft. - 5300 ft.


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