The scenery along this trail includes old-growth forest, meadows and, if you visit at the right time of year, beautiful fall foliage. There are also many great opportunities for wildlife viewing and fishing.
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Activity: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearest Town: Blewett Pass
Skill Level: HIKING: 2; MTN BIKING: 2/3
Fitness Level: 2
Distance: About 9.4 miles round trip
Elevation: Starting elevation: 4800 ft; final elevation: 5500 ft; total elevation gain: 700 ft
Access: From Highway 97 at Swauk Pass, turn south onto Forest Service Road No. 9716. Continue along this road to Road No. 9712. Head east on this road to the Ken Wilcox Horse Camp at Haney Meadows (a total of 8 miles from the pass). Park in the campground near the trailhead.
Trip Instructions: From road No. 9712, the trail heads down along Naneum Creek. The trail winds around the edge of Naneum Meadows before climbing up to bench. Continue past Grass Camp Trail No. 1219 and Howard Creek Trail No. 1371, before descending to Road No. 3530. Most people turn aroundhere, but it is possible to continue down the creek another mile until you reach private land and a small pond. From the pond, the trail climbs a ridge and ends at another road.
Cons/Hazards: Beware of slippery areas along the access roads. Also, dress colorfully during hunting season, as elk hunters will be in some areas.
Uses Allowed: Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding
Uses Not Allowed: ATVs
Fees/Permits: No permits necessary as of November 2004.
More Info/Links: The information in this trip report is compiled from the article published in the Wenatchee World in November 2004.
For more information, contact the Cle Elum Ranger District (674-4411).
Leave It Better Than You Found It: This should be every outdoor user’s goal. Pick up trash left by others, pull noxious weeds along your route, disperse old fire rings (they encourage more fires), throw branches over spur trails and spurs between switchbacks (make it harder to do the wrong thing than the right thing).
Important Disclaimer: Treat this information as recommendations, not gospel. Things change, conditions change, and those contributing these reports are volunteers–they may make mistakes, fail to give complete information, or may not know all the issues affecting a route. So forget about finger pointing: If things go wrong, you are completely responsible for yourself and your actions. If you can’t live with that, you are prohibited from using our information.