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Discover Upper Kittitas County


We began as a rugged mining and logging town nestled in the heart of the Cascades. Today, the forest is our playground where we hike, bike, snowmobile, and cross country ski. Our swift rushing streams inspired our name and along with the mountain lakes that provide us opportunities to fish, swim, and float.

Our downtown is a nostalgic look at roadside America, and serves as a calm place of rest in between explorations. Businesses that have made our community what it is for over 100 years, classic accommodations, and passionate family owned shops line the road, reminding us to slow down and savor the simple things.

We look to the future with great plans to preserve the best of this authentic place. Our aim is always hold onto our past, and share it with our guests for years to come. Visit us to experience a charming walking district that connects our past with our future, and our community to locals and travelers alike. Join us in Discovering Cle Elum by reading about our unique small businesses, local history, and itinerary ideas below.

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Head North on 903 for about two miles and prepare to be transported in time to the bustling coal mining town of historic Roslyn, founded in 1886. Although the saloon count is well below the 27 of the boom time, you can still find vestiges of the past including the Brick Tavern, the oldest continuously operating saloon in the state with a real working spittoon.


Exploration Favorites:

Upper Kittitas County has a wealth of outdoor locations to take advantage of on your visit. Here are a few ideas mere minutes from the resort:

Picnic By the River near Salmon La Sac: Drive through the towns of Roslyn and Ronald and past Lake Cle Elum on 903 N until you see the turn off for Cooper Lake. Park along the road and grab a table if you are lucky enough to snag one or make your own spot down on the banks of the Cle Elum River with the sunshine filtering through the trees and dancing off the water.

Beach Day at Lake Cle Elum: Pack up the family and bring all your beach gear. Upper Kittitas County has its own sandy beach on the shores of massive Lake Cle Elum. A popular spot on a sunny day, bring your sunscreen, towels, and pack a cooler for a fun afternoon hanging with the locals. No parking in the lot? Not to worry – park right on the beach (just be sure your car can make it out.)

Easy Hiking and Epic Hiking: Great hiking is all around in upper Kittitas County, whether it an easy climb through the Roslyn Urban Forest or hitting a trail off of 903 N that leads you on an 8-mile round trip hike to Cathedral Pass, crossing over the famed Pacific Coast Trail. Always be safe and prepared; bring plenty of water and download trail maps prior to your trek as cell reception is spotty.


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