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Joe Watt Canyon

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area
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Length

6.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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This area is subject to seasonal closures to protect wintering elk herds. The closure usually begins in mid-December and lasts through May 1.
 
 

Joe Watt Canyon is a quiet area of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area that is a great place to spot fields of colorful lupine and the occasional elk heard.

The Joe Watt Canyon trail itself is only 1.0 mile long, but it is often extended into loops via the connection of old road beds and other trails in the area.

 

Joe Watt Canyon

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.0711, -120.7353 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, L.T. Murray Wildlife Area

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass ed. II (Nelson and Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Department of Natural Resources Yakima

Getting There

From I-90 East: Take exit 93 and turn left onto Elk Heights Road. In 0.4 miles, take a right onto Thorp Praire Road and continue for 3.5 miles. Take a right at the junction with E Taneum Road and then take the next left onto thorp Cemetery Road after crossing over the freeway. Continue for 1.7 miles before taking a sharp right onto Watt Canyon Road. Follow this for just over a mile before arriving at a large gravel parking lot on the left-hand side.
 
From I-90 West: Take exit 101 just past Ellensburg and turn left onto Thorp Highway. In 0.7 miles, turn right onto Thorp Cemetery Road and continue for 3.0 miles. Take a slight left onto Watt Canyon Road and follow this for just over a mile before arriving at a large gravel parking lot on the left-hand side.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass
This area is subject to seasonal closures to protect wintering elk herds. The closure usually begins in mid-December and lasts through May 1.
 

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