Howson Creek Trail #1349

Area Status: Not Cleared

The Howson Creek Trail begins at County Road 903 and ends at Sasse Mtn Trail #1340.

This is an old trail which has been abandoned for many years. Volunteer efforts have reopened much of this trail. From Cle Elum Campground, the trail heads up the south side of Howson Creek for approximately 0.75 mile, then crosses the creek and gets steeper as it heads up through a clearcut for 0.5 mile. This section through the clearcut is very steep and difficult for stock. After leaving the clearcut, the trail switches back up through old-growth and contours around the upper basin of Howson Creek to the top of Sasse Ridge, where it meets Sasse Mountain Trail 1340. Water is scarce on the upper part of trail, particularly later in the season. The trail is very difficult to locate for the upper two miles.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail has not been maintained in many years. Use caution in this area.
Operational Hours: June - October
Restrictions: Mountain bike and motorized use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Roslyn, Cle Elum

General Information


From Roslyn or Cle Elum, take state highway 903 north along Lake Cle Elum to the campground, which is located at the upper end of the lake. Trail begins on the West side of the highway. Trailhead location is just past Cle Elum River Campground on the east side of the highway. 


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Difficult


Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding

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  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles