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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    Palouse To Cascades State Park Trail
    Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail gives hikers, cyclists and, in some places, equestrians, a taste of Washington's diversity, From the densely forested Cascades to the scablands carved by the Ice Age floods. This linear park runs from west of North Bend to the Columbia River near Vantage.
    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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