Area Status: Open
The Swauk Discovery Trail is a loop trail that begins and ends at Forest Service Road 9716 at the Swauk Discovery Trailhead Interpretive Site.
At a Glance
||Summer - Fall
Hiker only. Equestrian, mountain bike and motorized use prohibited.
Cle Elum, WA
A valid Recreation Pass is required at the trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid.
A large parking lot with restrooms.
SETTING: Forested mountain side, open ridgetop, logging units.
DESCRIPTION: At the trail head, a large kiosk displays a map and information about this educational trail, including free brochures for a self-guided tour. The brochures correlate tonumbered stops along the trail describing forest management techniques and forest ecology visible to the hiker. Also along the trail, hikers will encounter additional signing that identifies tree and plant species. The trail consists of two loops, providing an opportunity for a short hike of almost two miles, while the longer loop is over 2.5 miles. The trail winds uphill through different forest types and runs along a ridge before crossing FS Road 9716 at 1.5 miles. From the road crossing, the trail continues uphill to the highpoint, which provides good views of the surrounding mountains. From there, the trail heads downhill again for 0.75 mile to the trailhead.
The trailhead is located just south of Blewett Pass. From Highway 97 at Blewett Pass, turn south into a large parking area and take FS Road 9716 (at the upper end of the parking area) approximately 0.5 mile to the signed trailhead.