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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    Palouse To Cascades State Park Trail
    150 Lake Easton State Park Road
    Easton, WA 98925
    The Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, formerly known as the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, is one of the longest rail-trail conversions in the United States. The trail follows the corridor of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road. Although there are some gaps on the eastern side of the trail, they can be connected via on-road riding for a route totaling 285 miles. However, travelers should note that these on-road connections do not currently have trail signage marking the way. The trail passes through remote and sparsely populated areas of Washington state that are rich in wildlife and natural beauty.

    Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
    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.
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    For a full list of trails, maps and guides, visit the Cle Elum Visitor's Center on 1st Street.

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