Cle Elum Area Hikes

Most moderate-hard level trails in our region are best used from June- October.
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Home to, and neighbored by, hundreds of miles of some of the best trails in Washington state, Cle Elum is known as a recreation hub of the Pacific Northwest. With a fantastic, four-season climate, nearly 260 sunny days a year, and unparalleled warm summers, Cle Elum is the obvious destination in choosing your next hike. It is almost impossible to sum up the hiking opportunities in our town, but we invite you to come out and explore every trail listed below.

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    Baldy Mountain
    Baldy Mountain is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
    Big Creek
    Big Creek Rd
    Cle Elum, WA 98922
    Wonder past streams, a deep canyon and old-growth trees on the Big Creek Trail. Located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, this narrow, rocky trial provides a challenge for adventurous hikers.

    From I-90, take exit 78 which is west of Cle Elum. Continue south on county road and at the 'T' intersection, take a left across canal and turn right on Fowler Creek road. Then, take a right on Forest Road 4517 and continue to the end of the road.

    Cle Elum River Campground

    Cle Elum, WA 98922
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    2,300ft elevation. Located at the head of Lake Cle Elum along the Cle Elum River, this campground offers 23 trailer/tent sites and a reservable group site with a capacity of 55+ people. The campgrounds are in a mixed conifer forest and surrounded by mountains.

    Activities include fishing, boating on the lake, and hiking nearby trails including Howson Creek Trail #1349 for hiking, horse riding, and mountain biking.

    As of August 2015, potable water is not available at this campground.
    Coal Mines Trailhead
    Off of I-90 at Exit 84, travel down First Street until you hit the first stop light at First and South Cle Elum Way. Turn left and cross through the next intersection at Second and South Cle Elum Way. Park at the Howard Carlin Memorial Trailhead on the left side of this intersection Overflow parking is available on the right side of South Cle Elum Way, along Flagpole Park.
    Cooper River Trail
    Cooper River Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ronald, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
    Davis Peak
    Davis Peak is a challenging hike with a big payoff: a 360-degree panorama of more than 10 Cascades peaks.

    From I-90, take exit 80 and drive 16.6 miles north, past Cle Elum Lake, to FR 4330. Veer right for 1.6 miles to the Paris Creek trailhead. Drive, or park and walk, 0.25 miles on rocky FR 134 to the trailhead.
    DeRoux Trailhead
    From Cle Elum, WA follow Highway 903 east for 2 miles. Continue straight onto Highway 970 and follow for 6.5 miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road North Fork and follow for 13 miles. Then stay right on Forest Road 9737 and follow for about 8 miles to the trailhead.

    NW Forest Pass is required at DeRoux Trailhead.
    Domerie Peak
    Domerie Peak Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking and trail running.
    French Cabin Creek Trail
    French Cabin Creek is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that features a small creek and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.
    Hex Mountain Trail
    Salmon La Sac Rd
    Ronald, WA 98940
    Hex Mountain Trail is a 6.9-mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cle Elum Lake that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
    Iron Bear-Teanaway Ridge Trail
    Iron Bear-Teanaway Ridge Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately to heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cle Elum. This trail is popular for wildflowers in the spring and tends to melt out first so people flock to it to hike and check out the wildflowers. The trail best used from June until October and is primarily used for hiking, but you may come across horseback riders or mountain bikers as well.
    Jack Creek Snowshoe
    Jack Creek Road spans 14.7 miles from the North Fork Teanaway River Road to Hwy 97. The long and mostly flat road can be used for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing when the weather permits.

    From I-90 E, take exit 85 near Cle Elum to get onto WA-970 North. Stay on WA-970 North for approximately 7 miles to Teanaway Road. Take a right, and after about 7.3 miles, continue straight onto North Fork Teanaway Road. In around 5.4 miles, you will find Jack Creek Fishery on the left and Forest Road 9738 Blue Creek/Jack Creek on the right.
    Joe Watt Canyon
    Kittitas Reclamation District Rd
    Ellensburg, WA 98926
    North Canyon Trail to Joe Watt Trail Loop is a 12.3-mile loop trail that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking.
    Palouse To Cascades State Park Trail
    Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail gives hikers, cyclists and, in some places, equestrians, a taste of Washington's diversity, From the densely forested Cascades to the scablands carved by the Ice Age floods. This linear park runs from west of North Bend to the Columbia River near Vantage.
    Peoh Point
    Peoh Point offers 180-degree views of the Cle Elum Valley and the Stuart Range from atop a 2,000-foot cliff.

    From South Cle Elum follow South Cle Elum Way across the river, turn right on Madison Avenue just before the 'T' in the road. Turn left on 6th which becomes Westside Road. In a short distance watch for a paved road to the left with a sign - Peoh Point 10 miles. Turn there onto FR 3350. At the top of the ridge, two miles short of the lookout is a 5-way intersection. Park here.
    Pete Lake Trail
    Pete Lake is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roslyn, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and horses and is best used from May until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
    Rat Pack Trail
    Main Ridge Rd
    Cle Elum, WA 98922
    The Rat Pack Trail is a popular downhill mountain bike track located above Cle Elum. This 4 mile trail can be accessed via the Ewok Trail out of Roslyn, or the logging road at the end of Alliance Road out of Cle Elum. Please note that Rat Pack is mountain bikes only, to prevent injury or collision by fast-moving bikes coming down hill. It is best used from April to October.
    Red Mountain
    Discover an amazing 360-degree panorama of the various peaks in the Snoqualmie Pass area when you climb the red west slope of Red Peak.

    The trailhead starts conveniently form the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) parking log just off I-90. The first 2.5 miles are on the PCT trail. At the junction, stay left on the Commonwealth trail, 1033. Continue for another 2.5 miles, first climbing gradually, then more steeply through a number of switchbacks.
    Red Top Lookout
    This is a quick, 1-mile trail moderately trafficked trail located near Cle Elum that offers the chance to see wildlife and is perfect for all skill levels, including kids. This hike offers a look at a still operational fire lookout that was built in 1952. The trail is best used from June until October.
    Silver Creek Tie
    Once you get past that first mile it levels out, the creek provides a soundtrack, and the meadows begin. There are tons of flowers, old man's beard on the trees, and little creek crossings to keep cool. We saw two piles of relatively fresh bear scat, but no other wildlife.
    Stafford Creek Trail
    The Stafford Creek Trail offers just about everything you want in a hike, from wildflowers to fascinating geology and just enough elevation gain to keep interest.

    Suncadia Trails
    3600 Suncadia Trail
    Cle Elum, WA 98922
    (866) 904-6300
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    Get outside and explore what Washington State has to offer at a pace that nature intended, your own! Enjoy more than 40+ miles of both paved and unpaved trails throughout Suncadia. Mountain bike, hike, walk, run, stroll, ski, snowshoe, and take all the time you need.

    Taneum Junction Campground
    Near Cle Elum, WA

    (509) 674-4411
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    Nestled among the trees close to South Fork Taneum Creek, Taneum Junction Campground offers the option of dispersed camping for the whole-hog wilderness experience. It is a staging area for motorbikes and is heavily used by dirt bikes because trails leading from Taneum jct are all open to motorized use for dirt bikes. There's a vault toilet on-site, but you're totally free to forego it -- the choice is yours!
    Teanaway Community Forest - Cheese Rock
    The Teanaway Community Forest demonstrates how conservation, sustainable forestry, and community partnership goals can be achieved. This beautiful 50,241-acre landscape lies at the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed. The state purchased the land in 2013 with funding provided by the Legislature and established Washington's first state-owned community forest. The forest contains nearly 400 miles of free-flowing streams and prime habitat for fish and wildlife.
    Thorp Mountain Lookout (via Thorp Creek)
    Thorp Mountain Lookout is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that winds through huckleberries and alpine forest, and passes by a scenic lake dotted with campsites. However, the trail is difficult leading up to the lake. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from June until October.
    Wilson Creek
    Beginning at a large intersection of Forest Service road 3500, the Wilson Creek Trail meanders along a plateau of lodgepole pines. At the end of this trail, you'll be at the junction with the High Creek trail and further adventures.

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