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Davis Peak

Snoqualmie Region > Cle Elum Area
47.4187, -121.0846 Map & Directions
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
4,000 feet
Highest Point
6,400 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Davis Peak by Wendy
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
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A challenging summit with a big payoff: a 360-degree panorama of more than 10 Cascades peaks. Continue reading

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Hiking Davis Peak

Davis Peak is a challenging hike with a big payoff: a 360-degree panorama of more than 10 Cascades peaks.

The climb to Davis Peak begins with a short jaunt across a sturdy bridge spanning the Cle Elum River before ascending steadily up the mountain. The well maintained trail climbs through a variety of landscapes: old-growth, meadows, recovering burn zones and open ridgelines. As engaging as the trail is, it is almost overwhelmed by one defining characteristic—its seemingly endless series of tight switchbacks.

Around the 2-mile mark, you’ll reach the edge of the burn zone and the last of the tree cover. Continue onward and upward through rocky terrain to the first ridgeline. From here a false summit can lure hikers off the main trail. Keep an eye on the trail. If it suddenly turns into a rocky scramble, you’ve gone too far. Backtrack to rejoin the main trail as it drops to the northwest, off the ridge and down into a bowl. The route traverses across the bowl and a snow-fed creek before switchbacking up to the next ridgeline.

Once you gain the ridge, look around for a short side trail to the grassy meadow that is a former lookout site. After checking out what is left of the lookout’s foundation, push up the last 0.5 mile to the summit. From here the views are enormous: Terrance and Opal Lakes, Goat Mountain, Mount Daniel, Mount Hinman, Mount Stuart, Hawkins Mountain, Jolly Mountain, Sasse Mountain, Red Mountain, Lemah Mountain, Chikamin Peak, and Mount Adams.

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Hike Description Written by
Nate and Jer Barnes, WTA Correspondent

Davis Peak

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4187, -121.0846 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-90, take exit 80 and drive 16.6 miles north, past Cle Elum Lake, to FR 4330. Veer Right for 1.6 miles to the Paris Creek trailhead which is an obvious but unmarked parking area to the right (coordinates on the map). The road continues another 1000 ft to the trailhead and beyond, but there is no parking allowed at the actual trailhead. 

More Hike Details


Snoqualmie Region > Cle Elum Area

Davis Peak (#1324)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208

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