Explore the most popular mountain biking 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
2 days ago

I love this trail! Scenic (lots of trees ☺️) and easy for hiking or cycling in any season. If you start in Cle Elum, you can have a snack or lunch when you arrive in Roslyn. In winter, the snow can be deep, so cross country skis or snowshoes are best. Note: snowmobiles do use this trail.

tough climb and well worth the effort as view from the upper portion are amazing!

Long traverses
Amazing views from many parts of trail
Very smooth well maintained

Nice hike, the wild flowers are in bloom and they are beautiful. And the views are stunning.

Gorgeous trail, not very busy, beautiful views at the top with wild flowers throughout.

on Coal Mines Trail

walking
1 month ago

Nice walking tail, 2nd time on is trail, a lot of horses (some ride must have been going on) this time. But plenty of room to share

Nice quiet walk from either direction.

birding
9 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
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The start of our hike was great! I loved hiking along the edge with mountain views and tons of wildflowers! We weren't too familiar with the trail so we continued along Iron Bear Trail instead of turning onto the Teanaway Ridge Trail... we ended up hiking miles back into the forest, which was still nice... but I wish we would have known what trail to take to get to the summit. I guess it depends on what you're looking for! We never made it to the end of the trail through the forest as we were running short on daylight hours. If anyone knows where that one goes or how long the trail is, I would love to know! It seemed to go on forever. All in all, we still enjoyed the hike but if you're looking to make it to a summit, make sure and take that right at the junction.

on Iron Bear Trail #1351

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Mostly intermittent clouds. Three parking areas for maybe 20 cars max. Trail maintained. Quite a few wild flowers and multiple view points along the trail. Some wooded areas and other open dry, treeless areas. Could see Mt. Adams, Rainier and the base of St. Helens when some clouds cleared.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Some wild flowers. Easy hike and great view.

off road driving
Thursday, May 11, 2017

This is a great little ride. Good for kids or not as advanced riders, but also very fun for those more experienced. Be aware that the hikers seem an-aware that it is open to dirt bikes, & a few have been plain nasty; an older woman yelled at our 13 yr old daughter. Share the trails people!

Monday, May 01, 2017

Nice walking trail. Once you get to Rosalyn you can munch Village Pizza!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

More an easy walking trail than a hike. Pretty with the leaves changing but tons of poop everywhere! I think it was horse poop, watch your step!

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

easy walk when the weather is hot. no one on the trail, pleasant scenery. get to have ice coffee in the Red Bird Cafe.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

It was a nice view, but not the best I've been to. Good people and a nice climb near the end!

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The trail is maintained and a nice mix of sunspots and shade. Very easy! There are parts that you need to cross water, but it's nothing too challenging. There are a few different areas to park, but the road is bumpy and a little overgrown. There is not a bathroom anywhere near the trail, and off-trail is hard (not much cover). All in all I can't wait to get back out there!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This pin is misplaced. The trail is more like a greenway.

hiking
Saturday, July 05, 2014

This hike has some neat features; broad vistas, wildflowers and birds, scrubby pine forests, beautiful rock formations, and even a short ridgeline. The route I took was from the Iron Bear Trailhead to the Teanaway Ridge crossing and up a few miles to the unmarked high point. It was a hot, sandy, narrow trail, and the time for wildflowers is passing, though I still found quite a few in full bloom. The first half mile is nothing but scrub (I wondered if I had made a mistake in choosing this trail), but it eventually opens up to great views of the surrounding peaks. Once I made the right turn up to Teanaway Ridge, Mt. Rainier became visible in all its snowy granduer.

This would be a good trail for bird watching; a chorus of them chirped and sang the whole way. I couldn't get them on camera, but I saw feathers of every color; bright blue, red and yellow, a flash of green, brown and white, and a few hawks (?) high over the rocks. The butterflies were also active, especially around the few places with water.
Practical notes: you really do have to drive through a shallow creek to reach the parking lot. I have a Mini Cooper, so to be safe I chose to park in one of the roomy turnoffs just before the creek. There is no privy or water, so you may want to make plans to stop at the rest area on I-90 or Cle Elum. And bring lots of water - this trail gets hot, even with the breeze on the ridge. I would hike this trail again, but I think June is probably the ideal month, though the sun on the rocks and deadwood made for some great photos.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I sure am glad that this area is available for motorcycles and less used by bicyclists and hikers. Given this we are able to maintain a much higher speed and reduce the potential of running into somebody gawking at an owl or sniffing bark. In reality the outdoors were made by God for us all. What is sad is the often automatic rejection of the motorcyclist in favor of all other forms of outdoor fun. In the Teanaway Valley we are consistently amazed by the amount of damage horses do to trails etc. Oddly this is not perceived as a problem. Put a motor of some form on the machine and you a scumbag. Hey folks, did you notice there is not a category under "select activity" for motorcycles? I guess we will have to be satisfied with "Offroad Driving."

Scumbags Unite!

hiking
Saturday, June 07, 2014

Friday 6-6-2014: My wife and I hiked Iron Bear Trail and Teanaway Ridge Trail. We parked our car at Iron Creek Trailhead. The trailhead is only 3 miles from US 97 highway near Blewett Pass on National Forest Road 9714. The forest road is a dirt road with typical potholes. No permit is required to park at the trailhead and there is no toilet.

We hiked about two miles on Iron Bear Trail #1351 to reach Iron Bear Pass at 4500 ft. We gained 800 ft in elevation. The grade is gentle and there were many wildflowers such as balsamroots, penstemons, paintbrushes, and forget-me-nots on the day we were there. At Iron Bear Pass, we turned to the right (north) to climb Teanaway Ridge Trail #1364 to an unnamed peak at 5489 ft. If you take the south fork of Teanaway Ridge Trail you reach Red Top Trail in about 3 miles.

We hiked about 1.5 miles on Teanaway Ridge Trail to reach the summit. The grade got steeper and the view got more expansive. We were able to see Mount Rainier and Mount Stuart in distance and more wildflowers such as bitterroots, glacier lilies, and trilliums. We reached the summit in about 2 hours from the trailhead. The Teanaway Ridge Trail continues north about half a mile to descend 200 ft and connect to County Line Trail.

We met several hikers and dogs along the way. With so many flowers and great views of Mount Rainier and Mount Stuart it was certainly one of the most beautiful hiking trails I have ever been.

hiking
Saturday, June 07, 2014

Friday 6-6-2014: My wife and I hiked Teanaway Ridge Trail. We parked our car at Iron Creek Trailhead. The trailhead is only 3 miles from US 97 highway near Blewett Pass on National Forest Road 9714. The forest road is a dirt road with typical potholes. No permit is required to park at the trailhead and there is no toilet.

We hiked about two miles on Iron Bear Trail #1351 to reach Iron Bear Pass at 4500 ft. We gained 800 ft. The grade is gentle and there were many wildflowers such as balsamroots, penstemons, paintbrushes, and forget-me-nots along the trail on the day we were there. At Iron Bear Pass, we turned to the right (north) to climb Teanaway Ridge Trail #1364 to an unnamed peak at 5489 ft. If you take the south fork of Teanaway Ridge Trail you would reach Red Top Trail in about 3 miles.

We hiked about 1.5 miles on Teanaway Ridge Trail to reach the summit. The grade got steeper and the view got more expansive. We were able to see Mount Rainier and Mount Stuart in distance and more wildflowers such as bitterroots, glacier lilies, and trilliums. We reached the summit in about 2 hours from the trailhead. The Teanaway Ridge Trail continues north about half a mile to descend 200 ft and connect to County Line Trail.

With so many flowers and great views of Mount Rainier and Mount Stuart it was certainly one of the most beautiful hiking trails I have ever been.

hiking
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

We went there a bit too early in the season. We parked about a mile out due to some snow and a downed tree. The trail was nice and views are great but it was cloudy. It should be pretty snow free now.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

It's really too bad that the trails in the Taneum are mostly used by motorcycles. The trails are very rutted and in sorry shape for hikers and horseback riders. This used to be my "go-to" area to ride in, but not anymore. It's quite sad, really. I suppose mountain bikers would do well here as the ruts would not be a problem for their bikes. Hiking and horseback riding is problematic though.

hiking
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

If you are looking for an in-town hike this is perfect. It's easy to find and fun for all ages! The trail does back up to houses on both sides.. But bushes and trees try and make in secluded. Such a beautiful town! Very pretty:)

hiking
Monday, August 26, 2013

Very low use at the time we were there. Only saw 6 dirt bikes and 1 mountain bike. We were the only hikers. Not much parking at the trailhead. The trail is outside of the fee use area for the state park. Pretty easy trail. Quiet. Nice tree cover kept it cool.

hiking
Sunday, June 24, 2012

This pin is misplaced. Park at 1st and Statford and cross the street to enter the trail at the trailhead. Nice walking trail. No views aside from the back of people's houses. I should say we only walked 2 miles in before turning around.

on Coal Mines Trail

mountain biking
Sunday, May 13, 2012

Pretty easy going trail with lots of history. Pick up an interpretive map for the ride. Very easy

hiking
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The trail covers easy terrain along the creek. It is a multi use trail and heavily rutted. If the weather has been bad, the trail can be a mess. About 5 miles in you can connect to a nice trail leading up to the ridge to the south and back around for a good day hike loop. Heavily traveled during hunting season with elk in the area.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 09, 2010

This is a versatile trail for hiking, biking, trail running, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. It starts in Cle Elum and ends in Ronald, with a gradual uphill gradient the entire time. The surface is mostly packed gravel, with occasional sections in larger, loose gravel. The trail is wide enough to accommodate people traveling at different speeds.

Overall, the trail is a peaceful escape to a quiet forest -- without leaving town. Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald are all interesting towns with a lot of history; definitely worth seeing.

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