Mount Cleman via Waterworks Canyon Trail

HARD 10 reviews

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


nature trips

bird watching



wild flowers


over grown


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.

trail running
Wednesday, February 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.

Sunday, August 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.

8 months ago

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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