Most moderate-hard level trails in our region are best used from June- October.
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Cle Elum, Washington is the hub to some of the best trail heads in the state of Washington. Cle Elum has hundreds of miles of trails close by, this is why Cle Elum, Washington, is known as a recreation hub for the Pacific Northwest. Summer is one of our most popular times for folks to hit the trails, however we feature many year-round hiking options to explore. With a fantastic four-season climate and 260 sunny days each year, Cle Elum is one of the best places in the entire northwest to choose for your next hike. It is nearly impossible to sum up the hiking opportunities in Cle ELum, Washington, we invite you to hike 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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