Top 5 Outdoor Adventures in Cle Elum | Cle Elum, WA

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to experience Central Washington in all its glory by filling your itinerary with the greatest outdoor adventures Cle Elum has to offer! From mountain peaks to lush forests to lakefronts, Cle Elum offers plenty of opportunities to get active. Take advantage of the diversity of the terrain with one of these five outdoor adventures! Find more ways to explore Cle Elum and plan your stay at

1. Walking Coal Mines Trail

Coal Mines trail is a mellow hike from Cle Elum, through Roslyn and on to Ronald with views of many different coal mining remains. This trail is great for all types of hikers and offers visitors a glimpse of the old mining activity that was once abundant in the area. Built upon the old Northern Pacific Railway, the trail passes several mine sites which can be identified using the interpretive signs placed along the way. Learn more about the mining history of the Cle Elum area at and find a full list of trails in the area at

2. Bird Watching at Taneum Creek

Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind through Cle Elum, showcasing picturesque mountain panoramas, bright wildflowers, towering pines and a variety of native animal species. Hosting an abundance of plant and wildlife, the area is best known as a premier location for bird watching. Taneum Creek is a local favorite for the activity. The 5.4-mile out and back trail takes visitors on a tour of the native flora and fauna that fills the Cascade mountainside. Hikers have observed owls, woodpeckers, and a number of other small forest species along the Taneum Creek Trail, as well as a wealth of diverse plants. Strap on a pair of binoculars and walking shoes and hit the trails in search of local and migratory birds of the West! Find a list of other hiking trails in the area at

3. Swimming, Boating and Fishing in Cle Elum Lake

Year-round relaxation can be found at Cle Elum Lake. Nestled in the surrounding mountain ranges, the area offers a picturesque backdrop for a variety of lake activities. Camping, swimming, boating, water skiing, picnicking, and fishing are all popular activities here.

Those looking to fish have the opportunity to catch rainbow trout, kokanee, sockeye salmon and a variety of other fish species. Anglers will find plenty of shoreline with public access for fishing from the back along the eastern side of the lake.

4. Golfing an Arnold Palmer Course at Suncadia

Suncadia, a premier Washington State golf destination, features championship golf on three award-winning courses. Surrounded by the rolling pine forest and towering peaks of the eastern slopes of the Cascades, the thirty-six holes total of mountain golf offer a challenge to seasoned pros and leisure players alike. Suncadia's public golf courses include Prospector Golf Course and Rope Rider Golf Course. The Rope Rider course challenges experienced golfers with more than 7,300 yards of classic Washington State golf. Rope Rider also offers family-friendly options with youth tees on every hole and a three-hole short golf park which provides a fun, relaxing golf experience and the opportunity for unique practice and casual play. The gem of Suncadia, however, is the Prospector course which was designed by Arnold Palmer Course Design Company. This wonderfully maintained 18-hole golf course is a challenging, yet playable mountain course for all skill levels. The 10th hole offers dazzling views of the Cascades and Cle Elum River valley from its tee set more than 120 feet above the fairway! Experience the perfect, relaxing weekend getaway with a golf game at Suncadia, or try out one of these other excellent courses in Cle Elum:

5. Cycling & Mountain Biking

Explore Cle Elum via bike! Pedal through downtown Cle Elum, checking out the museums, shops and restaurants that add character to the town. Or, take to the trails for mountain biking! There are hundreds of miles of trails woven throughout the Cascade Mountains, Teanaway Forest and Suncadia trail system that are worth exploring. Dust off your bikes and head out on adventure through the forests and mountains surrounding Cle Elum! Find a list of trails in the area at

Posted: March 26th, 2019

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