Davis Peak Trail #1324

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail accesses Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and climbs continuously to a former fire lookout site.

SETTING: Large old-growth trees, open hillsides, ridgetop, mountaintop, cliffs, river, subalpine zone, meadows, brushy area.

Davis Peak Trail descends to a bridge crossing the Cle Elum River and then begins a steady ascent with one small descent near the top of Davis Peak. The trail has over 90 switchbacks. At Davis Peak the trail changes to a hiker-only primitive trail that leads to a overlook of Terence Lake. This hiker portion of the trail was used by the lookout person to check for fires in the Waptus drainage. The trail is in good condition, but is a very steady uphill pull.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Davis Peak Trail is currently closed to stock. The trail bridge is a safety hazard for stock and will be closed to stock until it can be fixed.
Fees No fee, Northwest Forest Pass not required to park at trailhead.
Permit Info: Wilderness Permit required for entry into Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  Self issue at trailhead bulletin board.  Deposit stub and attach remainder to a pack or saddle bag.
Open Season: summer - fall
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Motorized and mechanized use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Cle Elum/Roslyn
Passes: Northwest Forest Pass not required for parking at trailhead.

General Information


From I-90 Exit 80, go north through Roslyn on Highway 903 to Lake Cle Elum, then along the lake to the end of the county road at Salmon La Sac. Continue on FS Road 4330 for 2 miles to the trailhead on the left.


This trail also serves Paris Creek Trail 1391.1. There is parking for 10+ vehicles and a stock ramp. No toilets. Another lot for the trails exists about 0.25 mile down the short spur road toward the river.



Hide detail HIDE


Dry open trail climbing nearly 4000 vertical feet.  May have water in basin below lookout site until late August.

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Day Hiking

Long and arduous hike to great views at the former lookout site and continuing with a final scramble to Davis Peak.

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Horse Riding & Camping

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