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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    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.


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