Explore the most popular camping trails near Cle Elum with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
11 hours ago

Best trail I’ve been on in the PNW.
Not heavily trafficked
Easy to make a day hike (right amount of challenge)but worth spending a night to really enjoy the incredible views.
This hike offered breathtaking and changing views the entire time.
It is very exposed so bring sunscreen/ protection.
We ran into mountain goats!

hiking
19 hours ago

So stunning and so beautiful :) I have been hiking the entire summer and yet this one absolutely took my breath away. This hike is perfect in every way - you have a beautiful views and mountains and green valleys all the way through, you run into mountain goats along the way and then you have an incredible pay off at the end with a stunning lake tucked in between a gorgeous basin. And no bugs to bother you. What else could you want?

one of the nicest hikes I've discovered in the whole area. height 2 days ago very little bugs left campsites were full. Would love to have climbed over the Ridge from the lake and do a loop hike back to parking area. Should have actually done that after I seen on Google how easy it looked. we hiked with our dog up to the ridge 1 km before the lake and found a sign that said dogs were not allowed any further from that point. So be sure to research that

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike! We hit the trail around 5:30 am.
Trail starts in trees and you can hear the creek to your left as see it just about a quarter mile in.
Trail starts off easy, a couple of great spots to get to the creek and some beautiful meadows and wildflowers. Trail splits about 4 miles in, to the peaks you keep right.
Just before you get to the pass there is a great ridge i just loved! The views at the ridge are beautiful! Lee heading up ( the trail is to your right) and about 1 ish miles of steep climbing and you’ve reached the sunny! There is a bit of a false summit about a half mile up ( pretty views and places to sit!) but lol right again and you’ll se trail still goes about another 1/2 mile. That stretch is hard but it’s worth it for the views at top! No bugs except for some very annoying biting flies near the top! Snug spray seemed to hell keep them away so we could enjoy some time up there!
Well groomed trail and easy to follow!
Very much recommend this hike!

on Lake Ingalls

hiking
18 days ago

Tough trail but not too hard. The alternative route is much nicer and easier to follow. We got to the trailhead pretty late (2.30pm ish), so we didn't see any goats, just lots of bugs. The lake is very pretty.

Beautiful hike. Trail was clear and easy to follow. Saw a lot of mountain goats. Trailhead was accessible in a small car. The lake is gorgeous, and the view of Mt. Stuart is great. Lots of bugs though, so bring some bug spray.

hiking
22 days ago

Amazing hike. Stunning views, from Rainier poking its head out to Mt Stuart and Lake Ingall. Saw many goats, which didn't seem to care about people. Fair amount of traffic, but not crazy. Bugs at the lake were crazy, but so worth it. 10 miles for me and done in 4 hrs, so it was a decent work out. Worth checking out for sure!

Best day-hike ever!

hiking
30 days ago

This was such a spectacular hike—nothing but breathtaking views from start to finish. We arrived at the trailhead at 10:30 am on July 15, were able to park on the road just outside of the parking lot. It was full but the early-morning hikers were on their way out, freeing up some space. It was 80 degrees and HOT! Went through a gallon and a half of water and stopped plenty of times throughout the hike (was great for taking in the view, too). We saw a lot of goats, some grouse too. As others have said, still a few stretches of snow but nothing you can’t cover with hiking boots. We brought YakTraks just in case and didn’t end up using them. We got back around 4:30, but could have made it quicker if it was cooler outside. This was our favorite hike we’ve done so far because it was as beautiful as it was challenging. Might even top Maple Loop in our book!

Info for first-time visitors:
-Our Honda Civic made it to the trailhead without issue. It was a dry, sunny day—not sure what it would have been like with mud, definitely wouldn’t have made it in snow.
-You’re in the sun a majority of the hike. Wear sunscreen and reapply like crazy.
-Bring your bug spray.
-The trail gets harder to follow once you’re in the basin (like you will have to navigate around/over some rocks, the trail isn’t clear-cut). Look for the cairns and you won’t get lost.
-Don’t forget to look up! We saw a 10 goats during this hike, including babies.

hiking
1 month ago

We did it in three days, mountaineering and rock climbing/scrambling skills is a MUST. Absolutely incredible! You can find report on wta.org

Hiked this July 9th, trail in was clear but still a fair amount of snow at Rampart. The largest lake is still over half covered in snow/ice. Mesquites are out in force so take repellent. Warm during the day and not very cold at night. Water is crystal clear. I just absolutely love this place.

hiked Jun 17th, still a lot of snow towards the last mile of the trail. hard to see/locate the trail. have the map saved and bring bug repellent.

hiking
1 month ago

The lake was still frozen over but still gorgeous! We saw a couple mountain goats. (Note: No dogs allowed on trail! Poor goats were chased by a hikers dog on our way back) There were still a couple good streches of snow to pass but not too bad. It was a gorgeous day so lots of fellow hikers on the trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

We did this as an overnighter on June 11-12, 2018. Such a fun trip with a friend. Snow free except for a little patch at the top. Didn’t stop to put our spikes on. Super steep to the peak! Gorgeous views. Unpacked and set up camp near the meadow and then summited to the peak with light packs. So cold up there but oh so beautiful!! Great water sources along the way! Tracked about 14 miles total to the peak and roaming around looking for a good camp site. This app recorder is slightly off on the trail, but nothing of concern. There were times we were clearly on the trail but the app path was more direct (and thus we had more mileage in the end). So I think that’s where the mileage discrepancy is between WTA/real mileage versus what All Trails says it will be. Plan for a little more. I feel like I will definitely do this one again! So memorable!!

Did a day hike with my dog yesterday to check out the status on rampart ridge. Rachel Lake is completely snow free and beautiful. As you climb up the ridge above Rachel, it is packed with a good 3-5 feet of snow. Tread carefully since a lot of hollow spots sit on large rocks. The ridge has a few patches and majority of the rampart lakes are still frozen. The snow is melting quickly though so hopefully there will be more ideal camping up there in the next month. Great moderate rated day hike for a healthy person in my opinion.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it despite the lake was still frozen over. Expect to see mountain goats that can be fairly aggressive and this is why dogs are not allowed.

camping
1 month ago

Very beautiful. Views of the Stuart mountain range are awesome.

hiking
1 month ago

4 star hike with a 5 star view from the peak. Well maintained trail with nice views starting 500 feet below the pass and amazing views from the peak. Last half a mile from the pass to the peak is strenuous. Take the right at the split. Keep going right. Trail should be marked better as there are no signs of the trail that reference Navaho peak or pass. Main trail from the parking lot is called Stafford creek trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of the best hikes that I have been on. Starts off a bit steep but then once you are off the tree line and enter the clear its a walk in the most breath taking view a mountain can offer then it's a snow hike which we couldn't do because we didnt have the right gears. I enjoyed a lot on this hike. Didn't see a lot of hiker on the way. There are streams of water so that's a good thing.
Saw micro climate change started of sunny then cloudy drizzling in the mid section n snowing on top it was brilliant!
I am no serious hiker found this hike a little difficult but it's ok walk your pace and you should be fine. :)

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, heard there was 20-30 tents up there sat night, sort of crowded, five out so still scattered about. Trail dry, ten hrs up and down, taking my time. Nice day.

backpacking
2 months ago

One of the prettier hikes I've been on all the way through. Elevation gain was pretty gradual most of the way up. The meadows and wildflowers, views of the creek and mountain ranges couldn't be beat. Just a little sad we didn't get to see more wildlife.

on Navaho Peak

backpacking
2 months ago

Great! Went backpacking for two nights. Got nibbled on by mosquitos within the first mile. Trail follows along the water for the first few miles; nice views; lots of little stream crossings. We got rained on durring the final mile, but it dried out long enough for us to set up camp along the outskirts of the meadow. Cool rock formations, small waterfalls, meadows and pine trees.

Hiked up to the peak the next morning. Huge views; beautiful, warm sunny day. Poles are handy for the steep stretch and small snowfield at the very end.

The weather forecast was correct..it was a chilly night and we woke up to a little snow on the ground. However, the trip down was snow free and sunny.

hiking
2 months ago

snow free, gradual incline and beautiful view of the enchantments. Got a nice sunny day.

2 months ago

Beautiful trek! Requires snow shoes, snow trek clothing and equipment.

No dogs. Not sure who comes up with these backwards policies.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike. Like posts below mention when you get to the T’s (there will be 2 on the way up) take a right. I didnt have poles and made it up there but would recommend them.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing hike up. The whole way is scenic and Navaho peak is an believable 360 degree view with miles of mountains west to be seen, Rainier, and many more. If you do this do not stop at the pass. Go right and go straight up to the peak, challenging if you're going to the pass you may as well go all the way to the peak because the view is on a whole different level. Trail was in overall good shape. Road was fine, did it in a Toyota Corolla. Snow fields going up to the peak, we brought boots but we didn't even change out of our trail runners. Just bring an extra pair of socks and you will be fine. Saw a grouse, lots of chipmunks/squirrels and so many different species of birds including what I believe to of been a Western Tanager. Trail is long though, do not underestimate it. We clocked 14 miles round trip and we were on the trail for about 10 hours including stops and taking in the views for an hour or so. Honestly up to the pass wasn't all that hard, but up to the peak was the hardest of all but worth it. The trek back down takes a long time and now you're fatigued so it seems to go on forever. Plenty of water sources on the trail as of today, only brought two water bottles that I kept filling up. There were also plenty of wildflowers blooming. Again amazing hike if you're up for the journey!

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful views of the Stuart Range and surrounding peaks (Rainier, Adams). Camped near the pass and hiked to the the peak in the morning. Windy at night so grab some rocks, poles are nice but no extra gear needed. Last mile is a leg burner - Great first backpack of the season!
+wildflowers

I agree with the other reviews. Beautiful, difficult, bug repellant is a must, force yourself to go the extra mile+ to the Rampart lakes, hiking poles would have been very helpful, especially on the way down (big, steep steps, rocky and or roots).
We went on a Monday and had a couple lakes to ourselves and shared the others with only 2-4 people. So tranquil and awesome. I love waterfalls and wildflowers and they were everywhere! Also, yes, its cold but you have to swim in one of the lakes.

backpacking
9 months ago

This is an incredible overnight trip. I know there are a lot of questions right now about trail conditions and trailhead access. We were skeptical ourselves. However, as of Sunday morning, the trailhead is easily accessible for high clearance vehicles. Two friends and I went out in a Honda Accord and had to park before the last wash-out, although this wash-out is only MAYBE a quarter of a mile from the trailhead, so the extra walk is not bad at all. Intermittent snow on your way up to Ingalls Pass, although its all easily passable. Once you reach the pass the North side is all under snow. The trail can be hard to find at times, but now that the snow has been worked in, you should be able to follow where others have gone. You will need microspikes or crampons for sure. We camped in the basin for a night and it was spectacular. Got a little chilly at night but not bad. The lake is gorgeous and worth the hike up from your camp site, although, it is quite steep and will make you work for it. If the weather turns and the trail gets more snow, I don't see how it would be passable without snowshoes--there is already 4-18" depending on area.

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