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Fresh air, breathtaking views, and adventure abound! You don't have to be an expert outdoorsperson to enjoy the trails in Central Washington. Kittitas County is home to great outdoor escapes including trails that range from beginner to advanced and have varying in terrain, elevation, incline, and length.

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Coal Miners Trail (#762)
Roslyn, WA 98941
The Coal Mines Trail was established in 1994 as a cooperative effort of the City of Cle Elum, Roslyn and Kittitas County and is dedicated to the pioneers who first settled in this area. This interpretive trail is the original trail that the coal miners took to the mines, and is the old abandoned Burlington Northern Rail Bed, from the late 1880's to 1963, when the last mine in Roslyn closed with little market for coal after the railroads converted to diesel engines in the years' prior.

A walk on the trail affords visitors a firsthand look at the coal-mining heritage through the remains of Roslyn's mines, at the railroad depot site and barn, and at Powder House Road where dynamite was stored. You may also view the Coal Miners Memorial located in Roslyn. The official trail is charted at 4.7 miles from Flagpole Park to Ronald with opportunity to explore various spur trails, as well as going to the ethnic Roslyn cemetery where many of the miners are buried. The "easy" trail is open for multi-use, including trekkers, horses, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, sled dogs, and snowmobilers. It is closed to all motorized vehicles except for snowmobiles in the winter.

Knox Creek Wild Flower Trail (#1186)
The Knox Creek Wildflower Trail begins on a hillside meadow bursting with wildflowers. It climbs quickly out of the meadow through patchy sub-alpine forest onto open rocky outcrops-a surprising amount of diverse habitat in such a short distance. Opportunities along the trail abound for plant identification, photography, drawing or any other activity wildflowers inspire.
Forest: Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forests District: Cle Elum
Difficulty: moderate to steep and about 2.5 miles round trip from the trailhead to Kachess ridge. Carry water, and be ready for fast changing weather at any time of year.
Taneum Ridge - Fishhook Flats (#1333)
Too often hikers forget the wild, remote country south of Interstate 90 in the Cle Elum area-perhaps because this is unprotected forest land, open to motorized recreation. But that's no excuse to miss out on the rugged beauty of this region. Majestic pine forests fill the valleys of the Taneum basin, and vast herds of Rocky Mountain elk (wapiti) roam far and wide through the region. This trail explores some of that picturesque country, taking you into the heart of the wapiti rangelands.

Start this hike on the North Fork Taneum Creek route, but once you hit that bridge at 4 miles, keep trekking up the valley. You may encounter motorcycles here, but it's more likely you'll see nothing more than a bicycle-and, if you are lucky, some elk or big mule deer.
Cle Elum Ridge (#768)
Cle Elum, WA 98922
This trail makes for a great hike along old roads and trails through the forest. It is excellent in the spring after the snow melts off. It also makes for a wonderful snowshoe trek in the winter.

Driving Directions -- From Highway 970 heading east from Cle Elum drive to Teanaway River Road and turn left. Drive about seven miles and turn left on West Fork Teanaway River Road. Continue about a mile to the Middle Fork Teanaway River Road, which turns right, but stay straight and drive about a quarter-mile farther to the road end and obvious parking. The trail begins at Carlson Canyon at the West Fork Teanaway River. Cross the bridge and hike the main road southeast along the river past the old campground. You will pass Bible Rock and another 1/4 mile to a junction. Continue straight along main road. The road will crest a small hill. Look for a trail going left uphill, it is an old road. The trail is about 6 miles roundtrip and gains 1200 feet elevation.
Salmon Spawning Viewing Trail (#1216)
This trail is on USFS public lands but there are no signs leading to it. Drive toward Salmon la Sac on SR 903. After reaching the Old #3 in Ronald, continue on SR 903 for another 1.7 miles. Turn left on Lake Cabins Road and drive straight on the pavement for four tenths of a mile to an unmarked dirt/gravel road on the left. Turn there and follow the dirt road on level ground to the outhouses at three tenths of a mile. Here you can choose to park (the road becomes steeper with larger ruts) or continue down the more rugged dirt road to an area just before the river (you'll see the old bridge just ahead) where you can park. No permit is required. 

The trail begins in forest and wraps back alongside the Cle Elum River. After paralleling the river you will see log seats placed where you can safely view spawning Salmon in the waters below. This trail is now ADA approved. Salmon spawn in this area usually from September 15th -- October 10th each year. This trail is a great place to take a stroll or have a picnic lunch during the summer months as well. The trail is about a quarter of a mile long.

Stuart-Enchanments Area (#1383)
In the Enchantments, nature has carved one of the magnificent places of this world--an alpine paradise of granite worn smooth by glaciers, larches manicured by wind and cold, and crystal blue lakes strung together by a creek that tumbles and thunders between them.

There are three ways to experience the Enchantments, none easy. The absolute minimum price of admission here is a hike of not less than seven miles gaining at least 4,400 feet in elevation in order to make it to even just one of the lakes in the Upper Enchantments. If you're lucky enough to get an overnight permit, you can backpack at your leisure via the Snow Lakes or Stuart Lake trailheads.
Cle Elum ORV Trail Areas (#1376)
Cle Elum, WA 98922
This large trail system has multiple trailheads and campgrounds to choose from. Most of the trail system consists of single track motorcycle trails but there are some narrow ATV trails as well.

Some beginner friendly motorcycle trails can be found at Taneum Junction & Icewater Creek Campgrounds. Manastach Campground has a novice friendly ATV loop.
Cathedral Rock (#1382)
Location: Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass (Near Cle Elum, WA)
Length: 9.0 miles, roundtrip

Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Canyon River Hike (#761)
Cle Elum, WA 98922
The Canyon hike is much steeper, but shorter than Manastash and provides a wonderful view of the Yakima River Valley. You can see Mt. Stuart and Mt. Rainier. This hike is also one of the most popular hikes in the canyon. There is even a logbook at the top for anyone to sign.

Domerie Peak (#1339)
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Accessible via two separate trails (one on FR 4308-115 and the other on FR 4303-201), the Domerie Peak Trail offers hikers a steep climb to a ridgeline traverse with views of Cle Elum Lake and the surrounding peaks of the Teanaway. 

For hikers beginning at Forest Service Road 4308-115, you will find a steeep trail climbing away from the trailside parking lot for three miles, reaching a summit of French Cabin Mountain. 
Beverly Turnpike Trail (#766)
Cle Elum, WA 98922
This trail makes for a good day hike. The trail reveals lots of flowers in the summer in a dry alpine environment. It is also a popular trail for climbers heading up to Mount Stuart.

The trail is 13 miles long and is a tough hike to the top.

Driving directions - From Highway 970 east of Cle Elum, drive north on Teanaway River Road. The road becomes Forest Service Rd # 9737 at 29 Pines Campground. Continue about 6 miles to Spur Road 112, just before Beverly Creek. Turn right and drive to the Beverly Turnpike Trailhead.
There is no Northwest Pass required to hike this trail.  

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