Keechelus Lake via the John Wayne Trail

EASY 17 reviews

Keechelus Lake via the John Wayne Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cle Elum, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.3 miles Elevation Gain: 341 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing


nature trips



bird watching





wild flowers


off trail
11 months ago

This is a cross country skiing trail, and so you need to stay off the groomed route as much as possible (it’s hard in places). We had the most fun after we turned back (around 2 miles down the groomed road) and decided to just go off trail. We discovered a creek, then another creek, then a trail that went south to Cold Creek Road which is another groomed road but still had some interesting places to check out. On the way back to the car we meandered toward the ski lifts and then back to the car along the ski runs. Fun but not a traditional snow shoe trail by any means. You have to constantly yield to the cross country skiers. No dogs whatsoever ever.

Sun Mar 26 2006

We arrived relatively early at the Sno Park. There was only one other vehicle in the lot. The groomed trail was well marked and had a light dusting of new snow. There were no other tracks on the surface other than thoe left by the skier ahead of us. Since we were snowshoeing, the hard packed trail didn't feel normal so we mosied over toward the parking lots nearer the lake. We slid down the hill near the boat ramp and followed the parking lot to the East end. We had some bush whacking to do, but it was fun. We came to a stream and followed the stream back to the groomed trails and were done for the day. By now there were lots of people out. An easy trail with easy access.

4 months ago

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