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Swauk Forest Discovery Trail

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass
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Length

2.45 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 4530 ft.

Rating

3.80 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

This popular summer trail offers a wonderful place to learn about woodland ecosystems with 25 different interpretive stops. Wandering just under three miles through woods and meadows near the summit of Blewett Pass, With five log benches throughout providing fascinating views. It also gives insight into an area recovering after a burn towards the end of the trail.

A multitude of flowers greet hikers in the springtime, and on clear days Mount Rainier, Mount Stuart, and the peaks of the Enchantments decorate the panorama as you hike this relatively flat, educational trail just 32 miles outside of Ellensburg or 25 miles from Cle Elum. A family friendly afternoon trip for ages 5 and older.

 

Swauk Forest Discovery Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3354, -120.5790 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

Swauk Forest Discovery Trail (#Trail No. 1335)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Getting There

Heading west on Hwy 2, turn south onto Hwy 97 and proceed approximately 21 miles. Turn left at the Pipe Creek Sno-park parking. Follow NF-9716 uphill approximately a half-mile to Swauk Forest Discovery Trail parking area. Trail head is to the right of toilet facilities and information signs.

Heading East from Ellensburg or Cle Elum on Hwy 97, follow Hwy 97 approximately 14 miles and turn right at the Pipe Creek Sno-park parking. Follow NF-9716 uphill approximately .5 miles to Swauk Forest Discovery Trail parking area. Trailhead is to the right of toilet facilities and information signs.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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