Way Creek Trail #1235

Trailhead is located at the midpoint of the trail. Trail decends steeply 1.9 miles to the Middle Fork Teanaway Trail #1393 or uphill 3.1 miles to the Jungle Creek Trail 1383.1. This trail is steep and rugged.

The trailhead is at the midpoint of the trail, not at either end. From the trailhead you may head steeply downhill at first, with the grade easing up, for 1.9 miles to the Middle Fork Teanaway Trail 1393 near the river. Or you may head uphill, crossing the rugged headwall of Way Cr. and ending at the junction with Jungle Creek Trail 1383.1. This trail is mostly in good condition with a few steep pitches. There is no water on the upper portion and little water on the lower part later in the season, except for the Middle Fork Teanaway.

SETTING: Open rocky hillsides, large timber, valley bottom, riparian zone, ridgetops.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: May - October
Open Season: Summer
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Single-track only.
Closest Towns: Ellensburg, Cle Elum

General Information


There is parking for 6+ vehicles. There are no facilities at this trailhead.


From Cle Elum, head east on Highway 970 for 8.5  miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road and continue 13 miles to the end of the pavement and veer left onto Forest Road 9701 to the trailhead.


Mountain Biking

Connects to Middle Fork Teanaway Trail for mostly downhill trail riding with vehicle shuttle or riding connecting roads.

Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult

Day Hiking

Trail used to access vistas and mountain tops near Malcolm Mountain.  Steep hiking.

Difficulty Level: Difficult


Can connect with other area trails to form loop opportunities in seldom hiked country.

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding

Accesses the Middle Fork Teanaway trail.  No facilities at trailhead.

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

OHV Trail Riding

Single track trail.  Only motor vehicles permitted are trailbikes.

Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
4.9 miles

  Elevation : 
3200 ft. - 4800 ft.