Polallie Ridge Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ronald, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until November.
Northwest Forest Pass required
We loved the trail! We found the trailhead however only by accident... Lake Diamond was great, the ascent to it quite strenous. Way down was slippery- we both bend our ankles two times, though we had right equipment and are experienced. Would recommend this trail only to experienced hikers with a good condition and high hiking boots. Our systems showed 20k and a little over 1,000 altitude meters.
Tuesday 9-22-2015: On sunny Tuesday my wife and I hiked to Polallie Ridge lookout site via Tired Creek Trail. We drove to Pete Lake Trailhead. It took us 2 hours and 15 minutes from our house in Redmond. The last one mile before the trailhead is a dirt road with some potholes. There is no problem if you drive carefully. There were only 4 cars at the large parking lot. They seemed to belong to overnight campers. I did not see any people.
We started walking on Pete Lake Trail at 10 am. After a little over one mile we crossed almost dry Tired Creek then we took the right fork to Tired Creek Trail climbing gradually. There are beautiful red big leaf maples along the trail. After half a mile we reached a forest road. We took the right turn and the left turn at Tired Creek. It took us about an hour to get there. Then we climbed steeply to the junction with Polallie Ridge Trail for 2.7 miles. We took the right at the junction and soon we arrived at Polallie Ridge lookout site around 1 pm. The weather was great and so are the views. We had lunch enjoying the view sitting on the concrete foundation for the former lookout. We did not see any people. We left the former lookout site at 2 pm. We returned to the trailhead by 4 pm. We took a side trip to Cooper Lake boat launch. There was a truck there but we did not see anyone. We met no one the whole day.
All the trails are in good condition except for occasional muddy patches and horse droppings. My Garmin Oregon GPS recorded 9.4 miles RT and 2850 ft total gain.
Trail accessed from Salmon La Sac. Northern end of Lake Cle Elum. Equestrian use also. steep climb. goes past Diamond Lake