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.

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