Outdoor Activities

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Snowmobiling 

25 miles south of Leavenworth on Highway 97 Four trails, Table Mountain, Lion Rock, Haney Meadows, Naneum Meadow Elevation: 4,100 feet

North of Cle Elum, Interstate 90, exit 80, north on state Route 903. Two trails, French Cabin Creek and Thorp Creek Elevation: 2,250 feet

Just north of Cle Elum, Interstate 90, exit 80, north on state Route 903. Stay on 903 for 16 miles. Parking is off U.S. Forest Service Road 4315 Three trails, Fish Lake, Gallagher and Cooper Lake Elevation: 2,360 feet

Eight miles east of Snoqualmie Summit, Interstate 90, exit 62, to U.S. Forest Service Road 54 for a half-mile Connector and Crystal Springs Elevation: 2,400 feet. Also has dog sled trails and cross country skiing

13 miles north of Ellensburg on Reecer Creek Road and U.S. Forest Service Road 3500 Two trails, Lion Rock and Snowshoe Ridge Elevation: 3,120 feet

Interstate 90, exit 93 to Elk Heights Road, north to Thorp Prairie Road, south for 3.5 miles, east on West Taneum Road for six miles Two trails, Quartz Mountain and Murray Loop Elevation: 2,580 feet

South of Cle Elum, Interstate 90, exit 93 to Elk Heights Road, south for one mile Two trails, Peoh Point and Taneum Road Elevation: 2,300 feet. Also has restrooms

20 miles north of Ellensburg on Highway 97 Three trails, Blue Creek, Red Top and Lion Gulch Elevation: 2,780 feet. No Sno-Park permit required.

Six miles east of Cle Elum, Highway 97, north to North Fork Teanaway Road Four trails, North Fork Teanway, Blue Creek, Jack Creek and Teanaway to Starlight Resort Elevation: 2,620 feet. No Sno-Park permit required.

Interstate 90, exit 78, to Golf Course Road. South for just under a mile, left on Westside Road for 1.7 miles, right on Woods and Steel Road for just under a mile Three trails, South Cle Elum Ridge, South Fork Taneum Creek and Windy Saddle Loop Elevation: 2,210 feet. No Sno-Park permit required. Woods and Steel is not an official Sno-Park.

 

Golfing

3231 Thorp Highway, Ellensburg

(509) 962-2984

1201 West Umptanum Road, Ellensburg 

(509) 962-5256

3271 Bullfrog Road, Cle Elum 

(509) 649-6140

 

Biking

Every Level of biker will have miles and miles of fun in the Kittitas Valley. There are numerous areas to access for you biking pleasure. Starting with the "Manastash Metric", travel the scenic west side of the valley to Cle Elum and return along the winding Yakima River, or turn off half-way for the alternate 50 kilometer ride. Visit their web site at: drier-ride.org.

Fishhook Trail - Take Interstate 90 to exit 93 to Taneum Road and go west to USFS Road 33. Go west on USFS Road 3300 to USFS Road 3322 and to the South Fork Taneum Trail, No. 1367, which leads to Fishhook, No. 1378. Considered for experts only and has been ranked as one of the best rides in the U.S.

John Wayne Pioneer Trail - Head east on Interstate 90 and take exit 101 (Thorp Highway), turn left. The trailhead is just behind the Thorp Fruit Stand. There are other trailheads as well, less than a mile from the Highway 10 and U.S. Highway 97 intersection. With a minimal grade of no more than 2.2 percent, this wide and well-worn trail meanders through eclectic scenery, from rivers to forest and desert land. Considered good for novices or just the laid back ride. Also popular for hiking, cross-country skiing, dog sledding and horseback riding.

North Fork Taneum - Head east on Interstate 90 and take exit 101 (Thorp Highway), turn left. The trailhead is just behind the Thorp Fruit Stand. There are other trailheads as well, less than a mile from the Highway 10 and U.S. Highway 97 intersection. With a minimal grade of no more than 2.2 percent, this wide and well-worn trail meanders through eclectic scenery, from rivers to forest and desert land. Considered good for novices or just the laid back ride. Also popular for hiking, cross-country skiing, dog sledding and horseback riding.

 

Shoestring Lake - Take Umptanum Road south to Manastash Road. Head west until the road ends and get on U.S. Forest Service Road 31, past Buck Meadows to the trailhead at USFS Road 3100. Considered a beautiful and easy ride.

 

Fishing

Mattoon Lake - Located near Ellensburg Washington, this fishing spot has year round fishing opportunities!In the Spring time the lake has 1-1.5 lb rainbow trout and in the Fall season it has 6 to 12 lb rainbow trout. The lake is 26.1 acres with an elevation of 1,491 feet. Directions from Rosewood can be found here.

Ellensburg Angler Fishing Charter - Have a guide take you fly fishing on the Yakima River, Klickitat River, Naches River, Desert River, Metho River, and many more! All skill levels are welcome. Give them a call at (509) 607-1804 or e-mail INFO@ELLENSBURGANGLER.COM to schedule your tour!

Cooper Lake - Located in Cle Elum Washington, Cooper Lake is open fishing year round. Take I-90 to Cle Elum and turn north on Highway 903. Drive three miles past the north end of Lake Cle Elum and turn west (left) on Forest Service Road 46. Follow it about five miles to Forest Service Road 4616, turn north (right), and follow the road along the north side of Cooper Lake (Directions provided by Live Life in Color).

There are MANY places to fish in Central Washington, for a longer list visit Central Washington Live Life in Color's website by clicking below!

 

Scenic Drives

- The most scenic drive near Yakima is to the south on State Route 821, also known as Canyon Road -

State Route 821, also known as Canyon Road, is a state highway in Washington. It runs from an intersection with Interstate 82 north of Selah to another junction with I-82 south of Ellensburg. The total length of SR 821 is 25.2 miles (40.6 km).

State Route 821 begins at exit 26 on I-82 near Selah. Exit 26 is the Harrison Road/Firing Center Road exit. It then heads north along Canyon Road, passing the unincorporated community of Pomona and the substance abuse treatment center at the Sundown M Ranch. Also it bypasses abandoned short twin tunnel segments that the road once passed through, and continues by following the curves of the Yakima River through the Ellensburg Canyon. Behind Roza Dam at the southern end is a reservoir that is used for boating through use of the boat ramp at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Roza Access Area recreation site.

 

The route through the canyon is scenic and mostly uninhabited. To the east in the area between 821 and I-82 are some ranches who have access roads off 821. Near the mid-point of the canyon is Riverview Campground, home of Red's Fly Shop which caters to the thriving tourist trade of recreationist that enjoy the canyon for floating, boating, fishing, etc. A footbridge further North provides access to the BLM managed Umtanum Recreation Area. At the north end of the canyon at Thrall Road, Canyon Road continues north, but SR 821 turns right on Thrall Road and runs 0.4-mile (0.64 km) to another junction with I-82 at Exit 3, which is the northern terminus of SR 821. Route 821 can also be reached easily from I-90 via exit 109, the Canyon Road exit. From exit 109 to the Thrall Road intersection with SR 821 is a distance of 3.7 miles (6.0 km) along Canyon Road.

821 shares the canyon with the Yakima Sub Division of BNSF Railroad. 105 acres (0.42 km2) of the Canyon is a preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy of Washington state.

State Route 821 was formerly a section of U.S. Route 97, the major north–south highway in Washington east of the Cascades, and was the only highway between Ellensburg and Yakima. In the 1970's I-82 was constructed east of the canyon over Manastash Ridge, bypassing the old highway through Ellensburg Canyon. When I-82 was opened, US 97 was rerouted to be concurrent with I-82 between Ellensburg and Yakima. The old section of US 97 through the canyon was renumbered as State Route 821.

 

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