Coal Mines Trail

Coal Mines Trail Park, Washington

Elevation Gain153ft
Trailhead Elevation2,373ft
Elevation Min/Max2256/2373ft
Elevation Start/End2373/2373ft

Coal Mines Trail

Coal Mines Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Kittitas County, Washington. It is within Roslyn Urban Forest and Coal Mines Trail Park. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 2,373 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 153 feet. Gravel Parking Lot, Mille Lacs WMA and another parking are near the trailhead. Along the trail there is a shelter. This trail connects with the following: Coal Mines Trail(Non Vehicle) and Mine Heritage Trail.

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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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." Read more
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"Though not a wilderness trail, this route offers an unmatched exploration of the region’s wild history, and it rambles through some beautiful natural terrain while providing that history lesson. The Northern Pacific Railway originally used this route to move railcars full of coal from Roslyn and Roland down to Cle Elum and Ellensburg, and on to Yakima and beyond. Numerous coal mines littered the valley between Cle Elum and Ronald, with the last closing just a few decades ago in 1967. Much of the valley still sits above old mine shafts. Keep that in mind as you hike, and you’ll find yourself making sure your footfalls are light and easy!" Read more

Coal Mines Trail Reviews

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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.
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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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Great trail for kids and families, but the gravel on the trail is tough enough that mountain bikes are needed. It's open year round and rarely crowded. Cross country ski it in the winter and bike it in the summer. It runs from Cle Elum along a rail-trail to the town of Ronald, but the section from Roslyn to Ronald is the best - look for coal piles along the way and mining artifacts at the trails end in Ronald. You may see some animals and the scenery is nice. There is a small general store at the end where you can get popcicles for the kids before heading back.

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Trail Information

Coal Mines Trail Park
Nearby City
Coal Mines Trail Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Cle Elum No. 241
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Dec 2018