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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    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.
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    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.

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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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