Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

backpacking
11 days ago

Went backpacking with my daughter, her 1st trip and it was a perfect blend of difficulty and reward. At the top of Ingalls pass,we did get confused on how tondrop down into headlight basin as there were branches placed blocking what looked like the obvious way down, but after a bit of a scramble we made it. plenty of creeks for water. Recommend scrambling up to the lake from the basin (counterclockwise) as there were hardly any people. once we got to the lake there were himers who took the clockwise trail to the lake.

hiking
17 days ago

Rain at the TH turned into a blizzard at higher elevations, covering the trail. Got as far as the ridge then turned back for safety. Still a fun experience and beautiful view even through the precipitation.

hiking
19 days ago

This was a moderate hike for the most part, the last 0.75 mile is mostly just navigating through giant boulders and are harder than I was prepared for. Them cairns are a lifesaver if you navigate without a trail map. The lake in itself is gorgeous, Ingalls peak as backdrop is what makes it so much better. I took the short and steep route on my way to and from. Got lost like five times on the way back, would highly recommend a trail map for this one. Took me 6hrs RT. 3.5 hrs to get to the lake and 2.5 hrs (and I forcefully slowed down on my way back to spare my knee a day of recovery). I somehow missed the goats. But other hikers mentioned there were 7 of them. If you can peel your eyes away from the trail, Mt Stuart is just such a stunner. Definitely gonna go back on a summer day.

Also, the drive along teenaway road was just out of the world this fall!

hiking
20 days ago

generally: moderate hike a few hours from seattle with varied lansdcape with mountain views and gorgeous alpine lake at the end
trailhead: road unpaved from last few miles, doable in any vehicle though, parking at trailhead and along road, decently crowded on a weekend as this is the trailhead for numerous hikes/backpacks
trail: good condition, not overgrown, near lake becomes a bit of a scramble over large rocks/boulders but doable
scenery: gorgeous mountain views on way up, alpine lake at top, backpacking sites before the lake in meadow area; in october amazing larches
saw ~ dozen people,mostly backpackers heading out

Nice views and favorable weather. Fall colors are nice.

25 days ago

Awesome hike with great views the whole time. The first part is exposed to a view of the mountains, then transitions back into rocky ranges as you make your way towards the lake. Most of the trail is an easy incline and pleasant. The last fourth of the trail to the lake is the most challenging, requiring some scrambling over rocks if you lose the easily lose-able trail. The lake is gorgeous. We went up in about 2.5 hours and down in a little under 2 hours. 5-hour trip total including the stop at the lake. The larches had already turned but still very recommended. The drive to/from Seattle is stunning.

Completed this trail on October 17th. We went for larches and goats and we saw tons of both! The trail is a moderate/hard perfectly graded the entire way! Seriously impressed on the upkeep of this trail. I will be back to do this again. No knee pain or toe crunching on the way down which makes for a perfect hike.

on Lake Ingalls

29 days ago

Beautiful larches. Left seattle at 5.30am, trailhead at 8.15. 2.5 up. Top for 1 hour. Little over 2 down.

1 month ago

Very beautiful ! it was harder than I thought , especially it was no trail , muddy and rocks before we see the lake

1 month ago

Went there today. Very beautiful golden larch. Parking lot was full when I got there at 8:10. I had to park my car on the side.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Tons of people, but still had sections of quiet solitude. Golden larches against the snow were beautiful. Micro spikes were helpful for a quarter mile section.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike, the road up was pretty wash-boarded. If you want to go all the way to the lake, bring micro-spikes -- the trail gets snowy/icey at the end

hiking
1 month ago

Nice view all the way to the lake !

hiking
1 month ago

It was spectacular!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and easy to manage, even in the dark. Arrived at the trailhead at 4am and managed to make it up to the lake by 7am for the sunrise, which did not disappoint. Dozens of goats near the boulder fields but they were quick to get out of the way when we shouted at them. Would definitely recommend this hike for anyone wanting to do a Larch March!

One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done; incredible mountainous views the entire hike. Gorgeous lake, big fluffy white mountain goats. The trail becomes a boulder hill the last mile or so, so watch for the carrans (stacks of rocks that have been strategically placed to show you where to climb) or follow other hikers for the best way to the lake if you're not sure.

I didn't think this hike was that difficult. Long? Perhaps. But it's so breathtaking that every mile should be savored as you take in the views.

Great hike! Saw some goats. Lots of rain but worth it for the sights... autumn colors were popping. The larch trees are turning too. So happy we stuck it out for the next morning because it was sunny with some awesome moody clouds above Mount Stuart’s peak

hiking
1 month ago

A few too many people for my liking. Hard hike but the view was pretty.

hiking
2 months ago

It looks like they are working on the road to the trailhead. All types of vehicles are able to make it to the parking lot and trailhead. Very nice paved road until you get about 12 miles from trailhead. From there, no big rocks/ruts, but very washboard! I drove very slow much of the way in a Corolla, some people cruised by going 30mph. Very nice trailhead area with bathrooms. It was full with about 20 cars along road as we left.
4.4 miles, 2 hours roughly to lake, another .5 miles to the far end of lake.
Dress for fall, on our way back, saw people going up in shorts, tank tops, sandals, and little gear. They were already looking and commenting on being cold. It was cool and breezy at the lake.
No mountain goats out today.
Didn’t catch any fish. Had a bite. Tried some slow spinning flies, spinners, and power bait. We’ll have to do more research before fishing there again.

Easy trail....brought back memories of my recent trip of walking the Camino de Santiago.
We walked from Cle Elum to Roslyn.

Fun trail with kids! Great views....be sure to take the trail brochure as it will inform you of what the many trail markers mean

2 months ago

The hike is beautiful. Very worthwhile, and lots of stunning views. That said, real talk-- Several people said it took them around ~5 hrs RT, or that it was more 'moderate' etc. but just for some perspective, I'm a short legged hiker from the lowlands and this hike took me more like 7-8 hours. I'd say the trail was 80% easy to follow, but the last mile is real rocky and marked mostly with stone towers-- I definitely had to pay attention and got turned around more than once. The other parts of the trail are really well maintained though. The last section requires some scrambling (again, short-legged hiker-- maybe the grasshopper legs out there had another experience, but for me it was quite a bit of scrambling.) My phone also tracked 13.4 miles, rather than the 8.8 listed here. Part of that was walking to the trail head (cause I had to park a bit away) and some of that was getting lost from the trail :) But I would still say that 11-12 miles is closer to the truth? The lake is beautiful, and the last few miles of the hike are well worth the effort . For me I would say the 'hard' ranking was pretty on point (although I'd probably go more with 'a nice challenge' than 'hard' as a ranking, because I was enjoying myself and things aren't usually hard when you enjoy yourself.) Obviously, perception of difficulty is contingent on lots of things, but for the sake of perspective, if you're a short-legged, leisure hiker, like myself, this one may challenge you a bit ;-)

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome day hike, took about 5 hours total RT. Lake is really pretty, a small alpine lake w stunning views in the background. Really neat rock formations surrounding the lake. Would’ve loved to backpack and spend more time in the area.

The trail for 99percent is easy to follow, the very last segment was a little confusing. There are Some rock piles to follow and keep an eye on to help with guidance.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike. It’s more moderate to me. Trail to get to the lake can be hard so look for stacked rocks to find you way up once you get to that point or open up your map to see where you are. So a lot of goats and gorgeous flowers. When I went it was a little Smokey but not bad until hiking down. The lake was ok but I was there to finally see a mountain goat and I got to. I got so close and got to take tons of pictures of the goats. The water wasn’t as blue as I thought it would be but I also didn’t stay too long. Bring water because areas of the hike are open.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike! Every mile of this hike was breathtaking, top favorite of the year. The last mile to the lake was a little difficult to follow so really pay attention to the cairns to find your way. Also bring plenty of water or a filter pump/tablets.

Great hike, well maintained trail. No problem with the directions getting there however the signs have the trail number not the name, this is trail 1390. Lots of goats! Lots of people but not like Colchuck. No bugs! Bathroom at Trailhead and a wilderness toilet at top! Very exposed and gets very cold at top. We tracked about 13 miles so I'm not sure how accurate the mileage is. Tons of rocks so you need really good hiking shoes. I used my poles alot! My favorite part was the amazing view of Mnt Stuart!!!

on Lake Ingalls

2 months ago

Great time. Arrived at trailhead 8/24/18 at around 4:00PM. Parking lot full. The forest service road is long, but easily passable in Prius. The last mile of the trail is tough, but the views are amazing. Great campsites (none at lake). Water and thunder box at campsites. Lots left by the time I rolled in at 6:30 or so. After cresting the shoulder and heading down it got COLD. Really cold. Layer for fall. I slept in down jacket and long johns and every other piece of clothing I had. Some late wildflowers survive. Most importantly... mountain goats!! They look so wise and their horns look so sharp. A great overnight. I would have been too tired to hike back in same day, glad I stayed the night.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail into the lake is pretty ordinary. It’s well marked and maintained with little challenges. Once on top the views of Stuart peak are impressive, and 180 degrees from Stuart I was even able to see Mt.Rainier. The water at the lake was much warmer than I expected, and the little hidden beaches were delightful. The geology around the lake was a highlight for me. So much to see around the lake could definitely spend more time there.

Great hike at the top of Blewett pass! Nicely maintained trail for the most part. A few trees over the trail near the end. Very woodsy with great views. Most of the trail was easy, some elevation, but nothing crazy or too difficult.There's a shortcut a little over halfway along, just before you cross the forest service road, that's not well marked. The shortcut goes to the left, the main trail goes straight and then crosses the forest service road.We saw no other hikers on a Friday late morning in mid-August.

hiking
3 months 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!

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