Too often hikers forget the wild, remote country south of Interstate 90 in the Cle Elum area – perhaps because it’s unprotected forestland, open for motorized recreation. But that’s no excuse to miss out on the rugged beauty of this region. Majestic pine forests fill the valleys of the Taneum basin, and vast herds of Rocky Mountain elk – wapiti – roam far and wide through the region. This trail explores some of that picturesque country, taking you into the heart of the wapiti rangelands.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Jennifer Lekisch, Siv Hjorth, Matthew King, Carol Jacobson, Joan Nolan, and Virginia Klamon. Motorcycle country – I counted about 36 times when I had to step aside for our 2-wheeled, 2-cycle friends. I did not see any elk or deer today, but I did see one quail.
Reference: “Best Loop Hikes Washington” by Dan A. Nelson (hike 70). Guidebook says 11.5 miles, Topo estimate is about 13 miles, GPS tracked 14.5 miles. See the WTA trail reports at Taneum Ridge. Maps: Green Trails Easton, No. 240 and Cle Elum, No. 241
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