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Mount Cleman via Waterworks Canyon Trail [CLOSED]

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Naches, Washington

Mount Cleman via Waterworks Canyon Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Naches, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3,359 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

scramble

closed

NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Easy to start, challenging to finish. Be prepared to scramble talus and negotiate underbrush! The lower part of this trail is overwhelmingly deceptive. There is a decent parking area that is well enough removed from the highway, and the trail-head is usually in good shape. Unfortunately, the "trail" only goes about half-way up the hill. After crossing under the brush a few times, the trail kind of disappears and leaves the hiker with the options of following game-trails, forging their own, or just turning around. The game trails (if you can find/follow them) are usually a relatively safe option but, they will quite often involve some talus-slope scrambling. It is usually easier on the ascent to climb up to a ridge and follow it up to the summit rather than staying in the canyon itself. The views from the top are excellent and worth the effort on a clear day. The overall distance and grade of the hike is great training for higher elevation mountains (it is a similar profile to the climb from Paradise-to-Muir on Rainier. If you have an adventurous dog who will go anywhere, this is a good challenging hike to wear them out. If your dog has soft/sensitive feet, is prone to getting brush stuck in their fur, or is nervous scrambling on loose rock, it would be better to leave them at home.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
26 days ago

That was an adventure. Bushwhacking 101 and Scree/Talus 101. Glad I had trekking poles and boots. Took the all trails lollipop route went right at the Y and straight up the face to the ridge. Then west to the high point. From the high point I went south down the drainage back to the Y. The canyon is very pretty. Lots of agastache, lupine, bitterroot, yarrow, salvia and Oregon grape. Surprisingly lush in there. Beware that once you reach the Y on your ascent, you’re pretty much on your own with route finding. Faint trails but mostly just have to figure it out. I recommend staying on the left (east) side of the upper drainage descent. It is loose and you have close to a mile of scree and talus to cross at varying degrees. This was Type 2 fun indeed. No shade!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

The loop component of this hike is an overland route and fairly steep. The views were great, but I would not recommend this hike for the average hiker. The first two miles of the trail—Waterworks Canyon—is a better bet unless you want to hike a steep overland route.

hiking
Sat Apr 13 2019

The trail off the back side of Cleman was difficult to find and follow and we did a fair amount of sliding and butt scooting to get down. I definitely suggest you go up Cleman and down through Water Works. We went the opposite way and that made it much more difficult.

running
Wed Feb 14 2018

I'd say the first two miles are Moderate as the trails are identifiable and in decent shape. After that it's a crap shoot of being able to even find the trail, let alone being able to scramble up it. Lots of loose rock and scree as the author notes, which could be fun if you're looking for an adventure. A HARD adventure.

Sun Aug 27 2017

This is not moderate in my book. Lots of loose, sliding shale. Trail is definitely NOT moderately trafficked. You are on your own, unless rattlesnakes count. This is for dedicated backwoods hikers who like a little more challenging terrain. Discover pass required.

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

hiking
Sun Oct 28 2018