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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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Davis Peak Trail (#770)
Roslyn, WA 98941
Davis Peak trail is an outstanding alpine hike which is 11 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 3,900 feet. The trail has great views from the old lookout site. It is a steep and strenuous hike, but worth the extra effort.

Take I-90 east to Exit 80. Turn left through the towns. At the Salmon La Sac Guard Station, turn right onto Road # 4330 and continue about 1.7 miles to the large parking area for Paris Creek/Davis Peak on the left, elevation. Another parking area is down a rough road, turn left onto the gravel road # 34 beside the trailhead and continue downhill about 1/4 mile to another parking area for Davis Peak trailhead.

Corral Creek Trail (#769)
Roslyn, WA 98941
A fantastic ridge-line hike with great views along the way! The trail is a multi-use route, so if you are out for just hiking it is best during the week. The trailhead is located only a few miles om Roslyn, Washington.

Driving Directions -- Off of I-90 take Exit 80 toward Roslyn. Travel north through Roslyn and Ronald. Continue to the Last Resort and just beyond is a sign for Beaver Creek. Continue a bit beyond Beaver Creek and turn right onto Forest Service Road # 4305. It is less than 1/2 mile from the Last Resort. Drive about two miles and you'll see a sign for Sasse Mountain and Road # 118 going left. Continue on the main road for another couple of miles to the Corral Creek trailhead. Parking is along the road. The trail is 7 miles roundtrip with a gain of 2000 feet.

Salmon la Sac/Cooper Lake (#773)
Roslyn, WA 98941
These two popular trails are nestled in the Cle Elum area of the Wenatchee National Forest just north of Roslyn. The trail follows the pretty Cooper River valley upstream to Cooper Lake. The trail splits 0.7 mile from the trailhead, but continue to the left, staying close to the river. If you're an angler keep an eye out for likely fishing holes. About 2 miles from the trailhead the valley broadens a bit and the river begins to meander side-to-side. At 3 miles you'll encounter the Cooper Lake Road, which crosses Cooper River just below the lake outlet. If you cross the road bridge you will access the road leading back down to Salmon la Sac.

On I-90 take Exit 80 toward Roslyn Turn North on Bullfrog Road and drive approximately four miles to Hwy 903. Continue North for 21 miles passing through Roslyn and past Cle Elum Lake to Salmon la Sac. At the Y in the road near the Salmon la Sac Campground, take the left branch toward the campground. Cross the Cle Elum River bridge and turn right, away from the campground. You will reach the trailhead parking area in another 0.5 mile.
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Cooper River Trail (#1079)
Roslyn, WA 98941
This medium difficulty trail offers no expansive views and doesn't explore any wildflower meadows or high alpine country. But it does track alongside a beautiful mountain river that sports a healthy population of hungry trout. It also provides ample opportunity to practice your bird-watching, as a number of avian species thrive here, including the river-loving water ouzel and the fish-loving kingfisher. The trip can be done as a one-way hike by shuttling vehicles or by hitching a ride back down the road from Cooper Lake. The trail follows the pretty Cooper River valley upstream to Cooper Lake. The trail stays on the north side of the creek, and at times the valley narrows enough for you to hear (and possibly see) traffic on the road that runs on the other side of the valley. Ignore that interruption as you explore the dense old-growth forest around you.

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