Esmeralda Basin

Cle Elum, Washington 98922

Esmeralda Basin

Esmeralda Basin Professional Review and Guide

"Sometimes we need to readjust our perspectives to fully enjoy our outdoor experiences. Hiking in the Pacific Northwest typically means traveling through some of the most scenic mountains in the world. The high, jagged crest of the Cascades—punctuated by the glistening cones of the great volcanoes—dominates the views.

The attraction of those majestic scenic vistas, though, can prevent us from appreciating the scenery closer at hand—or foot. In the Esmeralda Basin you’ll find your eyes straying, not to the distant views, but to the local wonders along the trail—an array of flower species, fluttering birds, and even a dead forest sheared off 6 to 10 feet above the ground by a powerful avalanche."

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Trail Information

Cle Elum
Nearby City
1,750 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best Times
Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Stuart No. 209
Local Maps