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Old Ellensburg

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass
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Length

3.6 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.

Rating

2.50 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Beginning at Forest Road 9712 and ending at the Forest Boundary, the Old Ellensburg Trail comprises one third of the three trails used to make a popular loop around Mount Lillian.

From Road 9712, the trail crosses Naneum Creek and skirts the southwest edge of Haney Meadow. It then continues through a low saddle, and descends to Howard Creek. Here, those wishing to create the 7-mile Mount Lillian loop can turn left onto Howard Creek Trail (1372). Otherwise trail 1373 continues southeast, crossing Howard Creek, then climbs to its end at Grouse Springs and Grouse Springs Trail 1371.1

It is also possible to continue on Grouse Spring trail up to Road 9712, then turn and walk up the road to loop with Trail 1372 or walk all the way along the road back to your car. There is an intricate network of trails to be explored here -- bring a map and come back again and again!

 

Old Ellensburg

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3114, -120.5330 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

Old Ellensburg (#1373)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Central Cascades (Craig Romano - Mountaineers Books

2009)

Green Trails Wenatchee No. 211S

Getting There

From Highway 97 at the summit of Blewett Pass, turn onto Forest Road 9716 south. This will be a left turn if you're coming from the north or a right if you're coming from the south. Drive on Road 9716 to Road 9712. Turn onto 9712, and continue east to Haney Meadow, then a further quarter mile to the trailhead in Ken Wilcox Campground. Note that Road 9712 is quite rough and high-clearance is recommended.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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