Taneum Creek

Cle Elum, Washington

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There are few quicker routes in the state to go from a major highway to rugged wilderness than the drive into Taneum Creek Canyon. The canyon cuts a path between South Cle Elum Ridge and Manastash Ridge while bordering and going through the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area en route to the heart of the Cascade Mountains on Taneum Ridge. Along the way the roads traverse habitats ranging from lowland riparian areas and prairie at the start of Taneum Creek Road to steep canyons with cliffs and rock outcroppings and into mixed forest as the road climbs toward the ridge. Habitats: Lowland riparian, prairie, mountain riparian, mixed forest, cliffs. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; northern Goshawk; Flammulated and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Black and Vaux’s Swifts; Blackchinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; White-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s, Red-breasted, and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacificslope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Gray Jay; Western Bluebird; Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch; Pine Grosbeak.

Taneum Creek Professional Review and Guide

"There are few quicker routes in the state to go from a major highway to rugged wilderness than the drive into Taneum Creek Canyon. The canyon cuts a path between South Cle Elum Ridge and Manastash Ridge while bordering and going through the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area en route to the heart of the Cascade Mountains on Taneum Ridge. Along the way the roads traverse habitats ranging from lowland riparian areas and prairie at the start of Taneum Creek Road to steep canyons with cliffs and rock outcroppings and into mixed forest as the road climbs toward the ridge.

Habitats: Lowland riparian, prairie, mountain riparian, mixed forest, cliffs. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; northern Goshawk; Flammulated and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Black and Vaux’s Swifts; Blackchinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; White-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s, Red-breasted, and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacificslope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Gray Jay; Western Bluebird; Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch; Pine Grosbeak."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Taneum Creek

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May 2018