South Cle Elum Ridge

Cle Elum, Washington

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This is a challenging and beautiful course. It is all run on trail, and most of the climbing is in the first half. On the approach to Windy Pass, a panorama of the entire Cle Elum Valley and the Yakima River emerges. In the distance are the Cascade Mountains, particularly Mount Stuart, the largest non-volcanic mountain in the Washington Cascades. Heading east again, the crest of Mount Rainier appears above the closer peaks. The ridge can be cold and windy. Carry a jacket and gloves. Motorbikes keep the trail clear, so expect to see a few. They are very loud and easy to avoid.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

This is a challenging and beautiful course. It is all run on trail, and most of the climbing is in the first half. On the approach to Windy Pass, a panorama of the entire Cle Elum Valley and the Yakima River emerges.

In the distance are the Cascade Mountains, particularly Mount Stuart, the largest non-volcanic mountain in the Washington Cascades. Heading east again, the crest of Mount Rainier appears above the closer peaks. The ridge can be cold and windy. Carry a jacket and gloves. Motorbikes keep the trail clear, so expect to see a few. They are very loud and easy to avoid.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Distance: 29
Elevation Gain: 5,600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Season: June through October
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails #240 and #241
Topo Map: South Cle Elum Ridge Topographic Map
Guide Book: 50 Trail Runs in Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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