Coal Mines Trail

EASY 8 reviews
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Coal Mines Trail is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cle Elum, WA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.3 miles 325 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips


trail running


cross country skiing




wild flowers


Starting in Cle Elum at 2nd and Stafford streets, the trail gradually ascends to the town of Roslyn. The trail is shaded by tall deciduous trees and it feels like you are in a peaceful forest, even though you are still in town. The trail enters Roslyn, crosses highway 903, goes up Washington Ave. and beside Pioneer Park. It then travels parallel to Horvatt Road and again crosses highway 903 (watch for cars -- the traffic is fast at this point). Continuing through an evergreen forest, the trail ends in Ronald, just off the highway beside Ronald General Store. Be sure to check out the historical sites -- there are many along the trail.

19 days ago

2 months ago

More an easy walking trail than a hike. Pretty with the leaves changing but tons of poop everywhere! I think it was horse poop, watch your step!

5 months ago

easy walk when the weather is hot. no one on the trail, pleasant scenery. get to have ice coffee in the Red Bird Cafe.

1 year ago

This pin is misplaced. The trail is more like a greenway.

3 years ago

If you are looking for an in-town hike this is perfect. It's easy to find and fun for all ages! The trail does back up to houses on both sides.. But bushes and trees try and make in secluded. Such a beautiful town! Very pretty:)

4 years ago

This pin is misplaced. Park at 1st and Statford and cross the street to enter the trail at the trailhead. Nice walking trail. No views aside from the back of people's houses. I should say we only walked 2 miles in before turning around.

mountain biking
4 years ago

Pretty easy going trail with lots of history. Pick up an interpretive map for the ride. Very easy

mountain biking
6 years ago

This is a versatile trail for hiking, biking, trail running, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. It starts in Cle Elum and ends in Ronald, with a gradual uphill gradient the entire time. The surface is mostly packed gravel, with occasional sections in larger, loose gravel. The trail is wide enough to accommodate people traveling at different speeds.

Overall, the trail is a peaceful escape to a quiet forest -- without leaving town. Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald are all interesting towns with a lot of history; definitely worth seeing.