Cooper Lake and River Walk Trail

Cle Elum, Washington

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This trail parallels a road, mostly out of sight. Ride if you will, but you and the children will miss out on some good things. A sylvan walk along the Cooper River leads families through old-growth forest land, some of which is owned by a timber company but proposed for a land exchange. Clear-cuts are visible across the river on steep hillsides. The trail leads to lovely Cooper Lake lying alongside the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Children were wading and floating on inner tubes when we were there.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

This trail parallels a road, mostly out of sight. Ride if you will, but you and the children will miss out on some good things. A sylvan walk along the Cooper River leads families through old-growth forest land, some of which is owned by a timber company but proposed for a land exchange.

Clear-cuts are visible across the river on steep hillsides. The trail leads to lovely Cooper Lake lying alongside the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Children were wading and floating on inner tubes when we were there.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: June-October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,800 feet
Top Elevation: 3,200 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 208 Kachess Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Cooper Lake and River Walk Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/4/2008
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nice hike didnt realize how long we walked until we reached campground at end and decided to turn back. nice easy hike and very fun. Great views of the river and mountains.


8/18/2007
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The trail was very nice, short enough for a good day hike with time left over to relax and have lunch or a snack at the clear and picturesque Cooper Lake. The trail is rated easy, but does offer some switchbacks and elevation gain and loss which adds some interest. Most of the trail does not offer much in the way of views, but sections of it run along the river, and at some points the trail opens up to gorgeous views of the river and access points for a quick cool down.



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