Yellow Hill Trail #1222


The Yellow Hill Trail begins on a private road in section 16, and ends at Jolly Mountain Trail #1307.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: June - October Seasonal motorized closure in effect yearly snowfall through June 15. If conditions permit, this trail may be opened to motorized use prior to June 15 and will be posted open at that time both on the ground and on this site.   
Fees: Washington State Discover Pass required at trailhead
Restrictions: Single-track only.
Closest Towns: Cle Elum, Ellensburg

General Information

General Notes:

 

DESCRIPTION: From the south, this trail climbs steeply to near

the top of Yellow Hill. It then follows the ridgetops to Elbow Peak

and is very rocky and narrow in places. From Elbow Peak it stays

near the ridgetops and is very steep, narrow and rugged, ending

at Jolly Mountain, where it becomes the Jolly Mtn. Trail 1307.

SETTING: Large old-growth timber south of Yellow Hill, open

rocky ridgetops, meadows.


Parking:

There is plenty of parking along FS

Road 4305-113. This trailhead is unimproved and has no facilities.


Directions:

From Cle Elum, WA travel about 8 miles east on Highway 970. Turn left (north) on Teanaway Road and travel about 7.3 miles, then left on West Fork Teanaway Road for 0.7 miles, then right on Middle Fork Teanaway Road. Continue past the end of the county road (end of pavement) on to Forest Road 4305-113 (travel about 4.5 miles from West Fork Teanaway Rd). One-quarter mile past the crossing of Middle Fork Teanaway River, the first right is where the trail begins.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

Very steep trail for mountain bikes.

General Info:

General Notes

 

DESCRIPTION: From the south, this trail climbs steeply to near

the top of Yellow Hill. It then follows the ridgetops to Elbow Peak

and is very rocky and narrow in places. From Elbow Peak it stays

near the ridgetops and is very steep, narrow and rugged, ending

at Jolly Mountain, where it becomes the Jolly Mtn. Trail 1307.

SETTING: Large old-growth timber south of Yellow Hill, open

rocky ridgetops, meadows.


Parking

There is plenty of parking along FS

Road 4305-113. This trailhead is unimproved and has no facilities.


Status: Open
Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult

Day Hiking

Yellow Hill summit makes a nice destination for dayhiking.

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Backpacking

Potential for loop backpacks in a lesser visited area exist combining with West Fork or Middle Fork Teanaway Trails.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding

Challenging steep trail for horses with long stretches away from water sources.

OHV Trail Riding

Known as a very challenging motorbike ride for those seeking an advanced to most difficult ride.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
7.4 miles

  Latitude : 
47.295657

  Longitude : 
-120.964246

  Elevation : 
3800 ft. - 6400 ft.