Explore the most popular views 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.

Beautiful hike with gradual incline. The first half of the hike follows a stream that you need to traverse about 4-5 times before you start your climb. Unfortunately, by the time we got to the top a snowstorm had blown in so we weren't able to see much when we got to the top.

backpacking
7 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
14 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
16 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
17 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

Hiked on 10/21 and it was a perfect day to do so. The first few miles were very flat so a nice warm up to where the elevation starts. We also went to rampart lakes and some of the little lakes were a little frozen probably from not getting much sun. It was super cold when we started at around 8ish but warmed up as soon as we started to walk. I saw about 6 dogs and only one was on a leash. I understand that your dog might be well behaved but some people get really nervous around them specially if they are not in a leash. Im one of them. I saw dog poop bags too which was super disappointing I wish people would just carry their dog poop and not leave it for people to see. There were not many people so it was nice. I didn’t really think it was a hard hike more Like a moderate hike.

Went up to the Rampart lakes yesterday and there was no ice or snow. It was perfect!

21 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 Navaho Peak

22 days ago

Longer than 10.4 miles!
About 13.7 miles!!!

on Lake Ingalls

25 days ago

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

hiking
26 days ago

No bugs, just a few nice people, a perfect alpine lake. What more do you want?

Obstacles include mud at the bottom followed by a very steep climb up to Rachel and then the fork to Lila / Rampart / Alto. It’s a full click more rugged than trails with more switchbacks and better trail work.

Warning is I got confused on leaving Lila lake as there’s several trails out, so be sure to have a map. One option is screen shots of the all trails map, or of course buying all trails pro. There’s no cell service out there and very few people on a weekday, so be ready to be self sufficient. Apple had “helpfully” offloaded my compass app so I was without that. The ground at Lila is partly frozen so I imagine an unprepared overnight would not be fun. Fortunately I figured it out by back tracking and got to the car at nightfall.

Great hike! I clocked in 8 miles with 2400 ft in gain. Great views at iron peak, will do again sometime!
Went on a beautiful October Saturday, only ran into three groups, 2 groups of 2 & a group of 7. It never felt crowded though. Road was fine for an vehicle. Lots of washboard made for a bumpy ride! My sedan made it up NO problem.

hiking
29 days ago

Enjoyable hike in perfect fall conditions. Started hiking around 10am with air temperature just above freezing so dress appropriately. The trail is in good condition but lacks any signage so be sure to follow the directions, particularly bearing to the right at the T. Arrived at the ridge around noon.

There are not much in the way of views on the trail to the pass but once you reach the ridge the views are magnificent. The trail to Navaho Peak is steep but well worth the extra effort, Rainier and Adams were both clearly visible.

Be aware, modern firearm hunting season is now open and there were hunters walking on the trail during my return. I wore my orange jacket and hat to ensure I was visible.

29 days ago

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

29 days 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

Amazing colours. Not lots of people. No bugs. A bit muddy. Better to wear waterproof walking boots.
At Rachel lake, got a bit lost but found the trail to Lila lake. Look for a small sitting area just before reaching the edge of the lake. There is a sign with “trail” written on it. I was alone at Lila lake. Just beautiful. A bit cold up there in spite of the sun.

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

Stafford Lookout Trail: The road up is paved most of the way which was quite nice. I used the gps coordinates from the wa trails site to the lower parking area. Once there, there is a road to the left that goes up right to the trailhead. Many steep-ish dips in the road would make it iffy for lower clearance vehicles. I did the Stafford Lookout trail. Once you cross the bridge the trail appears to go straight ahead, but veering to the left is an old road that heads up. It is a moderate grade the whole way up, but a shorter hike. Maybe 1.5 miles one way at most. Few fall colors, lots of leaves on the ground but the view at the top is great for the little effort required to get there.

Overall great hike. Was able to get to Rachel Lake yesterday (10/7) but not all the way to Rampart. Around 4500' we started to encounter some snow patches. Snow on the trail was compacted down to around an inch for a couple of the last switch backs. Extremely difficult to pass without poles because it is VERY slippery. We were able to do it without poles, but only very slowly and almost face planted several times.

If going on a weekend, be sure to get there early, as the parking lot fills quickly.

Beautiful!!!!

Hiked here on a Saturday, 10/06/2018. Got to the trailhead around 830am, and only 4 cars were there. The trail had snow about 5 inches high. I didn’t have my spikes but wish I had them. After the first half a mile the trail is all snow until the Lake.

The effort was 100% worth the reward. Stayed the night next to the lake. Woke up to a beautiful morning. Fall colors were everywhere. Could not have done this hike at a better time of the year.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. However, I was absolutely disgusted by how many blue plastic bags full of dog shit were left on the trail - I counted five on the way in.

Show some respect, people. Unbelievable.

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