Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

Too much snow for a small car to traverse once you hit the fork near the top. A truck or four wheel drive might have better luck, but frozen snow was quite high and scraping the bottom of our car. Needs a few more weeks.

THIS IS NOT A TRAIL. It's a freeway. You'd be daft to walk along here.

4 months ago

it's actually 15.5 miles from parking to lake Lillian and back--not 8. hike was beautiful and got a little technical with a small boulder field and an unclear path within a half mile or less of lake Lillian. my suggestion is to head to Margaret lake and save yourself several miles for a very similar, if not more, beautiful view.

great views of Rainer on a clear day on your way up.

hiking
6 months ago

Took the backdoor trail and stopped at Lake Laura on the way. Super pretty views! Very steep, but worth it.

Beautiful and easy for the kids.

Nice quiet walk from either direction.

hiking
7 months ago

Sunday, 10/15/2017 - I've had this one on my todo list for years and finally got around to doing it. I've tried getting to all of the local fire lookouts and Red Top is one of the last. Unfortunately, they've locked the access hatch from the stairs so we could not get to the deck. It's still a pretty great view and worth the trip. I was concerned that the forest roads might be tricky to navigate because there's several of them on the map, but there is really only one road up there and it leads right to the parking area. The forest road is typical - rough and bumpy. Lots of red mud, so plan on your car needing to be washed. The hike is short, but steep in places and lots of loose rock near the top make it slippery. I didn't learn until afterwards about the agate beds a mile from the lookout. I wish I'd made it there too. There are several geological markers up there if you are into those. More here: http://cairnguru.com/trailreports/2017/10/16/red-top-lookout

hiking
7 months ago

I did this hike with a friend, and while I am not a fan of the trail itself between the parking lot and Rachel Lake... both were gorgeous. Lila Lake felt very remote, but also safe as there were a few campers there too. I wouldn't go alone.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great hike to bring beginner-level friends on. It's relatively very easy and leads to gorgeous lakes you can swim in. There's a little green lake first, which you can just skip (though the green lakes do have the warmer water!), and then actual Mirror Lake which is icey and beautiful. I went in the summer and was glad to have a little $3 inner tube to sit on in the chilly water. My friend brought a hammock and his dog. For us, the only downside was the long drive out of the city, and the narrow dirt rode that scratched up the truck. We went twice though. It's a great place to chill and spend your afternoon. Campgrounds dotted the drive up.

birding
7 months ago

It was a nice quiet day in the trail today. But the motorcycle tracks were everywhere and I can tell it's heavily traveled. Just go on a weekday or early in the morning to avoid motor traffic

hiking
7 months ago

First of all, don't always trust your GPS. My GPS took me to the wrong forest road. Luckily I checked the National Forest website for directions and was able to find the right forest road to the trail head. The views where great on this hike. The trail was a little steep, lucky it was a short hike. If you have kids that are a little nervous about heights or steep trails, don't take them on this hike. I learned this the hard way.

8 months ago

Went today and highly enjoyed this hike. As others have said park at the bottom lot and walk up the road as it's impossible to drive up it unless you have a jeep or off roading vehicle.

The trail is not marked, but starts right after you see two sets of stacked rocks on the ground (as long as no one moves them). The hike was fairly gradual. To add a little more distance to your hike and some beautiful views of the lake, I recommend hiking around the entirety of the lake- it's not a super clear cut trail, but It's fairly easy to navigate around.

Went around 8:45am and were there until 12:30ish because we hung around by the lake and had lunch, but only saw a few groups of people and a handful of campers.

Easy and kid friendly

My girlfriend and I were staying in George for a concert at The Gorge Amp about 2 hours from the Wenatchee National Forest. We were looking for something lite to hike during the day while we had some downtime. This trail was the perfect spot. We only saw one other person while on the trail and it offered great views of the mountains around us. Easy trail with great views.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful. Lakes, waterfall, wildflowers, wild blueberries... heaven on earth.

backpacking
8 months ago

Everytime I come to the PNW I fall more and more in love with the place. This hike was my first overnight trek and a brilliant one at that. Get in early to get the best campsites though, especially on a cracking weekend like I had.

backpacking
8 months ago

Great hike! Got to the trailhead about 8:30a, only 3 other cars in the lot, which matched the 3 groups we saw (a group of 3, a group of 2, and one guy with a doggy). Real gorgeous, plenty of water refill spots throughout the hike all the way up until the meadow just before the pass, and almost no bugs at all which was amazing for my girlfriend who is terribly allergic to mosquitos.

Gets more and more exposed as you go farther, with very few trees between the meadow and the pass. Super awesome view of the mountains right when you get to the pass. We decided to setup camp about half a mile between the pass and the peak, and planned to wake up tomorrow morning to get to the peak for sunrise as per recommendation of another trip report :D

After sunset, the night sky had an astounding array of stars, especially for city kids like us!

We woke up before sunrise the next morning, hiked to the peak (~30min from our camp about halfway between pass and peak) and ate breakfast whilst watching a gorgeous sunrise with a 360° view that included Mt. Rainier!

backpacking
9 months ago

Spent the night partway up Navaho Peak last night.

I usually backpack with a group of my buddies but as they've all left for college, I did this one by myself. The first four miles or so up to Navaho Pass are fairly easy. I set up camp about four and half miles in, which put me partway up the peak. From my camp to the top of Navaho Peak was about 3/4 of a mile of grueling, steep, loose rock. Difficult but well worth the struggle. So worth it that I actually did this last stretch twice, once at sunset and once after waking up. If you are able to stay the night at Navaho it is a must to watch the sunset from the top of the peak. I can't put into words the site of the pink and orange sky backdropping Mt. Rainier, Mt. Stuart, Mt. Adams (if it's clear enough), and the surrounding cascade hills and peaks. Breathtaking to say the least.

FOR BACKPACKERS: Don't camp in the meadows. I planned on camping in the meadows but decided against it once I reached the area. It's a great place, but if you can carry your heavy pack just a mile or so further to the pass and beginning ascent of the Peak, you'll find much more rewarding camping spots. I set up my tent and hammock on the edge of a step rock face with a perfect view of the adjacent mountains. I wouldn't have wanted to camp anywhere else.

I've hiked all over the state and can say this was one of, if not the, best hikes I've ever done. Make time for this one.

hiking
9 months ago

The hardest part was to drive up to the parking area! The trail to the lake was very nice but I needed to remind my mom (70) to watch out for tree roots. This trail is rated easy, but for seniors, hiking poles would definitely help. The lake was beautiful and kids enjoyed swimming in it. There were many files at the lake, but we didn't see mosquitoes. We saw many campers around the lake. Would love to come back with a hammock next time!

backpacking
9 months ago

I loved this place! Was there July 14-16 and my goodness I've never seen so many people camped in one location. It's amazing there was room for us all. The trail wasn't well marked and we found ourselves accidentally going on little side trails a few times but were rewarded with great views. The bugs were very heavy so we hid in the tent and spent a lot of time on the water to avoid them. All in all though, it was a great trip and I'll go again! Definitely take the time to visit Rampart Lakes and climb to the summit of Alta Mountain while there!

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked to Mirror Lake then came back different way. Trail back (NOT Mirror Lake route) was overgrown in places but passable, recommend using GPS to stay on that trail. Buggy and shaded en route to Mirror Lake, sunny and less buggy on other route back. Beautiful all the way round.

Hard hike, but beautiful. After a quick swim ventured further on to Rampart Ridge and Lakes; a must. Had Rampart Lakes all to ourselves... heavenly! Water is perfect for swimming. Bugs were bad, but responded well to repellent. Trail was free of people until late afternoon.this hike is not based from Cle Elum though, it's from the top of Snoqualmie Pass.

hiking
9 months ago

This app didn't bring me to the trailhead so I drove all the way up where the look out is only .25 miles away. Beautiful view.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a great hike for beginners or those just wanting a nice short hike. The lake was beautiful! Just be ware of the parking shortage and DO NOT attempt to drive up to the trail head, park along the gravel road on your way up and then walk.

9 months ago

Never again. The road leading up to the parking lot is impossible to navigate via car, so you have to walk about .30 of a mile to the trailhead (marked by a pile of stones and a stick, it's on the left). The path is very narrow and we passed several people coming out as we were headed in. To make room for everyone on this trail, was precarious at best. Overgrown, claustrophobic, and really buggy. Not worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, enjoyed merging with the Pacific Crest. At the end of the trail at Mirror Lake recommend going another 1000 yards down the PCT for a nice view.

hiking
9 months ago

This was the longest hike that I have done in a few years. To the top of the peak it is more than the estimated 10 miles, but it was a relatively nice and easy long one for the first time in a while. The trail is at a slight incline which makes it easy and the distance is not so bad if you pace yourself. I did bring my hiking poles just incase and I did end up using them just to help a bit since I had a large backpack.

To get to Navaho Peak you have to go on the Stafford Creek Trail. I did not know that when I arrived thinking that it would be labelled with information on the hike to Navaho Peak, but some very nice people did let me know that it was the correct way to reach the peak. This app does take you straight to the Stafford Creek Trail head where you start.

There are several different trails that go off of the Stafford Creek Trail so if you are trying to reach Navaho Peak you have to take a right at each trail that comes to a 'T' split and stay right at any other split off of the trail (there are a couple of 'Y' splits as well). When you reach the large beautiful open meadow, the trail to the right is your path to continue to the peak. When you hike up a bit past the meadow and to a group of mountains you will come to another 'T' trail split. Turn right to continue to Navaho Peak which soon the trail will become a bit more steep as you go up to the peak. It is definitely worth the sore legs and time to get there!

I HIGHLY recommend packing three or more bottles of water per person. I drink my water sparingly and I still ended up drinking both of my 32 ounce bottles of water, I needed a third and will not forget next time. There is on and off shade so I also suggest putting on sunscreen and bringing it with you to reapply if you go on a sunny day.

The views are amazing, you feel like you're on top of the world by seeing everything as far as your eyes can see at every angle. I just wish that I had a better camera! Next time I will be backpacking to it to explore the other trails and camp for a bit. I can't wait!

hiking
9 months ago

Be prepared to start straight up with almost 1000 feet elevation gain in the first mile on a dirt, rocky road/trail. There are some decent ups and downs along the path but many of them very vertical. It is a technical hike and probably not good for small kids. The lake is beautiful but not a great hangout area.

hiking
10 months ago

Even though we only made it to Margaret Lake it was totally worth it. 2 hours uphill at a very slow phase enjoying colorful wild flowers, views of mount rainier, a special small green body of water and lake Margaret was cristal clear perfect for swimming (very cold of course, but great after hiking on a hot day). I'd love to come back soon before the flowers are gone.

Beautiful hike! Perfect for beginners!

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