Clearwest Peak Trail 1181


This short trail is a perfect hike for families and bird-watchers. Explore forest ecology or take in the grand views of the Clearwater Wilderness as you explore this trail.  Begin in a clear-cut then hike through forest stands and forest clearings.

Leaving the clearing, enter dense forest as you angle up the flank of Clearwest Peak. Along the way you will travel through another set of clear-cuts, forest stands and mountain top clearings. Look for hummingbirds and insect-eating gnatcatchers in the clearings. Grouse roost in the forest and jays, nutcrackers and an array of raptors along the mountaintop. Deer are also a common sight along the trail.

After one mile reach the summit of Clearwest Peak, an old lookout site, and enjoy views of Mt. Rainier and the peaks of the Norse Peak Wilderness, including Arch Rock, Norse Peak and Dalles Ridge.

The trail leaves from the end of FS road 7430 and follows the ridge to Clearwest Peak, elevation 5,644.

This trail is in the Clearwater Wilderness and regulations apply.

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At a Glance

Open Season: July
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer-Fall
Busiest Season: Summer-Fall
  • No motorized vehicles or bicycles allowed.
  • Dogs must be on a leash.
  • Use established rings for campfires.
Closest Towns: Greenwater, Washington
Passes: A Recreation Pass is required for each vehicle parked at the trailhead.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Snoqualmie Ranger District, Enumclaw Office at 360-825-6585.

General Information


Drive east on State Highway 410 from Enumclaw 21.8 miles to West Fork Road #74 (wash-out at milepost 4). Turn right (south) onto West Fork Road #74 and follow 7.0 miles to #7430. Turn left (south) onto Road #7430 and follow 7.4 miles to end of road. Trailhead is on the left side of the road.

Difficult turnaround at end of road. There are 10 parking spaces on the road shoulder.

General Notes:


  • Green Trails Enumclaw 237
  • Snoqualmie Ranger District



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Map: USGS 7.5', Old Baldy Mtn.

Fire InformationUse established rings for campfires.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

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0.8 mile

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  Elevation : 
4,725 feet - 5,640 feet