Coal Mines Trail

Cle Elum, Washington

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A level, former railroad grade turned into trail that runs from Cle Elum to Roslyn offers children an easy walk through mining history. Relics of the lives of coal miners from the early part of the twentieth century line the wide, gravel path, and heaps of old coal slag call out to be climbed. Apparently bikers also climb them, so be alert to user conflicts. But children will gasp at the hazards miners lived with and the stories of historic disastrous fires and explosions told in the handout tour guide. In the fall, the trail color is gold, gold, gold, as far as the eyes can see. Cottonwoods and maples line the path and their leaves will light your way.
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)

A level, former railroad grade turned into trail that runs from Cle Elum to Roslyn offers children an easy walk through mining history. Relics of the lives of coal miners from the early part of the twentieth century line the wide, gravel path, and heaps of old coal slag call out to be climbed.

Apparently bikers also climb them, so be alert to user conflicts. But children will gasp at the hazards miners lived with and the stories of historic disastrous fires and explosions told in the handout tour guide. In the fall, the trail color is gold, gold, gold, as far as the eyes can see. Cottonwoods and maples line the path and their leaves will light your way.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: April-November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,905 feet
Top Elevation: 1,905 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 241 Cle Elum; USGS Cle Elum; USFS Wenatchee and Okanogan
Driving Directions: Directions to Coal Mines Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/23/2008
1

Nice wide gravel path (converted railroad line). The old mining points of interests are all over grown so not much to see. Nice quiet path and easy walk, right around 11 miles round trip from Cle Elum trailhead to Ronald and back.


8/8/2008
0

nice easy hike, slight up hill grade on gravel path ended in roslyn i think could have been cle elm not sure



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