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Stehekin River ~ road washout

The Stehekin Valley Road was washed out and has not yet been rebuilt here nor rerouted up and around to reconnect to the remaining section of road northwest of this washout-point (still as of 2016, polarized politics has evidently budgeted for it and at the same time become the obstacle to action as well, as too often common). 

In the interim, hikers can back up a short way and follow another designated trail. Since the Stehekin River is a fast (I've gone white-water rafting down it decades ago with my son and a family friend) and cold (glacier-fed) waterway, it is not unusual for it to rapidly alter its course (adding or subtracting acreage to people's property (a malleable concept around here) from year to year. 

No road from Stehekin really goes far from the village before they all "Dead End" or reduce to a hiking trail, as Stehekin is a somewhat secluded community.  The only way in and out is by a long hike, a seaplane, by boat (or perhaps by horseback) from wherever to the northwest end of 55-mile long Lake Chelan.  So even when/if the road sections ever get reconnected, not far down the road, you'll want to have some good hiking boots to see much more.

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Copyright: Timothy Oldfield ~ Washington State 360
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8000x4000
Taken: 15/10/2016
Uploaded: 17/12/2016
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: river; washout; rocks; forest; photographer; rapids; autumn; fall; end
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