Difficulty Level: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 600 ft (180 m)

Distance (one-way): 1.3 miles (2.1 km)

Comments: Coon Lake is a popular and pleasant day hike for visitors in the Stehekin Valley. It is a slightly more rigorous day hike than the Agnes Gorge Trail, and it includes both rewarding mountain views and peaceful relaxation near the shoreline of a mountain lake. The lake is also a frequent rest stop for visitors headed up McGregor Mountain or further up the Stehekin Valley to camps such as Bridge Creek via the Old Wagon (Pacific Crest) Trail. Early season visitors are rewarded with spring wildflowers and abundant birding opportunities. Additionally, quiet visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing any time of year.

Coon Lake is an excellent place for bird watching. Also, watch for views of Agnes Mountain to the southwest. Extend the hike into a loop: watch for a turn-out one mile past Coon Lake that will bring you back to the Stehekin Valley Road.