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Swauk Forest Discovery Trail

Central Cascades > Blewett Pass
47.3354, -120.5790 Map & Directions
Length
2.45 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
660 feet
Highest Point
4530 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate
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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

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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. Continue reading

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Hiking Swauk Forest Discovery Trail

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

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Co-ordinates: 47.3354, -120.5790 Open in Google Maps

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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

Heading west on Hwy 2, turn south onto Hwy 97 and proceed approximately 21 miles toward Blewett pass and turn left at the sign "Forest Discovery Trail", 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 toward Blewett Pass and turn right at the sign "Forest Discovery Trail", 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.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Central Cascades > Blewett Pass

Swauk Forest Discovery Trail (#Trail No. 1335)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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