North Ridge Trail #1321

Area Status: Not Cleared

The North Ridge Trail begins at Forest Road 4517 and ends at Cle Elum Ridge Trail #1326.

North Ridge Trail begins just north of the powerlines and follows Big Creek for about 1 mile, crossing it twice before it comes to a junction with Big Creek Trail 1341. The 1321 trail crosses the creek and begins switchbacking uphill to the first trailhead described above. From there, the trail then drops into a rocky draw with some water before continuing to switchback up to the ridgetop. Once on the ridgetop it mostly follows the ridge, crossing the high point of North Ridge where the remains of a fire lookout may be seen. It then continues south to the junction with Mt. Clifty Trail 1321.1, approximately 0.25 mile before the trail ends at its junction with Cle Elum Ridge Trail 1326. The 1321.1 trail, which is very rugged and difficult, heads south 1.7 miles and links up with Manastash Ridge Trail 1388. The trail is in good condition even though it gains a lot of elevation. Part of it was reconstructed about 1979. Once on the ridgetop, water is scarce.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed to motorized use yearly April 15 - June 15. 
Operational Hours: Closed to motorized use April 15 - June 15

General Information


To access the trail at its lower end: From I-90 Exit 78, west of Cle Elum, head south on county road to a “T” intersection and turn left across canal to Fowler Creek Road. Turn right on Fowler Creek Road to Forest Road 4517 and follow it to the end. There are two spur roads that access the trail about 200 yards apart. To go south on the trail take the left spur (uphill); to go north toward Big Creek take the center spur.


The first trailhead has roadside parking for several vehicles, but no facilities.



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