Ellensburg, WA Trails and Maps

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Explore the best rated trails in Ellensburg, WA. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail and Cowiche Canyon Trail. With more than 7 trails covering 4023 miles you’re bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

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Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail

22 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

Coal Mines Trail

4.7 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Cowiche Canyon Trail

3 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

223.8 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand

Powerhouse Canal Pathway

2.7 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Yakima Greenway

22.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail circles the Columbia River at Wenatchee with 22 miles of excellent asphalt trail and lots to see and do. The trail begins north of Wenatchee in Lincoln Rock...
WA 22 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Coal Mines Trail is built on an old railroad spur of the Northern Pacific Railway that once served several mines. Look for interpretive signs along the way that identify historical sites. The...
WA 4.7 mi Gravel
The well-maintained Cowiche Canyon Trail crosses nine bridges over Cowiche Creek on a mostly flat pathway flanked by walls of Columbia River Basalt and other rock forms. The trail is managed by the...
WA 3 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Notice: The trestle across Lower Crab Creek was destroyed by a fire. This section is closed indefinitely but a  detour is available (see trail map). For updates, please check the Palouse to Cascades...
WA 223.8 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand
Yakima's Powerhouse Canal Pathway begins in Chesterley Park, where you'll find soccer fields, a skate park and picnic shelters with grills. From there, the paved trail heads southeast along the canal...
WA 2.7 mi Asphalt
Central Washington's Yakima Greenway is a gem of a trail, connecting residents with the outdoors by providing access to the Yakima River, lakes, parks, nature trails, protected conservation areas and...
WA 22.9 mi Asphalt

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Trails by activity

Powerhouse Canal Pathway

WA - 2.7 miles

Yakima's Powerhouse Canal Pathway begins in Chesterley Park, where you'll find soccer fields, a skate park and picnic shelters with grills. From there, the paved trail heads southeast along the canal...

Yakima Greenway

WA - 22.9 miles

Central Washington's Yakima Greenway is a gem of a trail, connecting residents with the outdoors by providing access to the Yakima River, lakes, parks, nature trails, protected conservation areas and...

Great American Rail-Trail

DC,IA,ID,IL,IN,MD,MT,NE,OH,PA,WA,WV,WY - 3743.9 miles

The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....

Coal Mines Trail

WA - 4.7 miles

The Coal Mines Trail is built on an old railroad spur of the Northern Pacific Railway that once served several mines. Look for interpretive signs along the way that identify historical sites. The...

Accordion

Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail

WA - 22 miles

The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail circles the Columbia River at Wenatchee with 22 miles of excellent asphalt trail and lots to see and do. The trail begins north of Wenatchee in Lincoln Rock...

Cowiche Canyon Trail

WA - 3 miles

The well-maintained Cowiche Canyon Trail crosses nine bridges over Cowiche Creek on a mostly flat pathway flanked by walls of Columbia River Basalt and other rock forms. The trail is managed by the...

Coal Mines Trail

WA - 4.7 miles

The Coal Mines Trail is built on an old railroad spur of the Northern Pacific Railway that once served several mines. Look for interpretive signs along the way that identify historical sites. The...

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

WA - 223.8 miles

Notice: The trestle across Lower Crab Creek was destroyed by a fire. This section is closed indefinitely but a  detour is available (see trail map). For updates, please check the Palouse to Cascades...

Great American Rail-Trail

DC,IA,ID,IL,IN,MD,MT,NE,OH,PA,WA,WV,WY - 3743.9 miles

The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....

Accordion

Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail

WA - 22 miles

The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail circles the Columbia River at Wenatchee with 22 miles of excellent asphalt trail and lots to see and do. The trail begins north of Wenatchee in Lincoln Rock...

Yakima Greenway

WA - 22.9 miles

Central Washington's Yakima Greenway is a gem of a trail, connecting residents with the outdoors by providing access to the Yakima River, lakes, parks, nature trails, protected conservation areas and...

Powerhouse Canal Pathway

WA - 2.7 miles

Yakima's Powerhouse Canal Pathway begins in Chesterley Park, where you'll find soccer fields, a skate park and picnic shelters with grills. From there, the paved trail heads southeast along the canal...

Coal Mines Trail

WA - 4.7 miles

The Coal Mines Trail is built on an old railroad spur of the Northern Pacific Railway that once served several mines. Look for interpretive signs along the way that identify historical sites. The...

Great American Rail-Trail

DC,IA,ID,IL,IN,MD,MT,NE,OH,PA,WA,WV,WY - 3743.9 miles

The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....

Powerhouse Canal Pathway

WA - 2.7 miles

Yakima's Powerhouse Canal Pathway begins in Chesterley Park, where you'll find soccer fields, a skate park and picnic shelters with grills. From there, the paved trail heads southeast along the canal...

Cowiche Canyon Trail

WA - 3 miles

The well-maintained Cowiche Canyon Trail crosses nine bridges over Cowiche Creek on a mostly flat pathway flanked by walls of Columbia River Basalt and other rock forms. The trail is managed by the...

Accordion

Yakima Greenway

WA - 22.9 miles

Central Washington's Yakima Greenway is a gem of a trail, connecting residents with the outdoors by providing access to the Yakima River, lakes, parks, nature trails, protected conservation areas and...

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

WA - 223.8 miles

Notice: The trestle across Lower Crab Creek was destroyed by a fire. This section is closed indefinitely but a  detour is available (see trail map). For updates, please check the Palouse to Cascades...

Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail

WA - 22 miles

The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail circles the Columbia River at Wenatchee with 22 miles of excellent asphalt trail and lots to see and do. The trail begins north of Wenatchee in Lincoln Rock...

Recent Trail Reviews

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

REI Ride through Tunnel

May, 2020 by stevegt72

Had a blast with about 10 others on this ride. Great scenery not very difficult or much elevation change. The tunnel was awesome!!! I definitely want to come back!!!

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

:)

May, 2020 by alg3qt

Such a beautiful trail! Plenty of hikers and bikers but also plenty of space. Lovely trip

Yakima Greenway

Greenway is washed out just south of the Arboretum

April, 2020 by banddood

Start of the trail is great and goes through some very nice bird friendly wetlands. But it is washed out about 2 miles south of the Arboretum making most of it inaccessible

Accordion

Great American Rail-Trail

Best Trail Ever

January, 2020 by cbyounger

This is the best trail I have ever ridden!

Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail

beautiful fall day

November, 2019 by olsonlori66

What a great trail well taken care of great scenery. Whole area is amazing.

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

Rattlesnake lake to tunnel

October, 2019 by olsonlori66

What a beautiful section of trail I started at Rattlesnake lake road up and through the pass tunnel and back nice hard packed gravel.

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

Road this from Ellensburg west for 26 miles with 38mm tires. nice smooth trail going through history. met some gravel riders riding from North Bend to Cle Elum 50 miles and back for a gravel century in a day.

September, 2019 by nardclaar

Road this from Ellensburg west for 26 miles with 38mm tires. nice smooth trail going through history. met some gravel riders riding from North Bend to Cle Elum 50 miles and back for a gravel century in a day.

Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail

One of the Best

September, 2019 by oldertwin

Rode this trail in August and it is a wonderful trail. Well maintained, scenic and relatively flat. For someone just getting into biking after a two year lay off, it was perfect.

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

Redmond to Roslyn via Palouse to Cascade Trail

June, 2019 by forest.hoag

I was turning 44 years old and decided to ride the west section of the Palouse to Cascade trail for some needed alone time. Left Redmond at about 8am and made it to North Bend at about 9:45, where I swapped out my road tires for some slightly wider road tires (32c). A road bike with gravel tires is fine for most of this ride.

Began slogging up the railroad grade. Saw lots of rock climbers, picnickers, and a few cyclists. Weather was warm and it was beautiful. Take a lot of water and snacks, because there is no where to refresh unless you bring a filter.

My legs were getting pretty cooked by the time I made it to the tunnel. I was expecting the temp to drop, but did not realize my legs would instantly cramp from the cold! That was a little weird, being a mile into a dank, dark tunnel with legs spazzing into knots.

Made it out, and drug myself another two miles up to the summit for lunch. Calories please!

Continued on to Easton, then Roslyn, then up to the little town of Ronald to meet my family at an Airbnb.

Total miles: 97.5
Totally calories: 5780!

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

tex007

April, 2019 by muleskinner

Rode the John Wayne trail from Beverly to east of Smyrna April 25, 2019 about 15.5 miles. Trail is in good condition. The ride was a tad over 5 hours. Started about noon and reached our destination a little after 5 PM. Saw two rattlesnakes and heard several others. One place sounded like it could have been a den of them. The horses shied and side stepped a bit but no rodeo. Lots of water birds. And we saw asparagus growing along the tracks in several places. Plan to continue on east as the weather permits.

Cowiche Canyon Trail

What a gem!

April, 2019 by taipan91021

Just outside the city of Yakima is a beautiful canyon with a well maintained trail. Several off shoots (including a climb to a winery and tasting room) make this a unique little jaunt!

Yakima Greenway

Wide, well travelled, and fun things to see

March, 2019 by taipan91021

This trail is wide and widely used. From serious athletes to large families with strollers - but everyone fits well and seem to enjoy the company. I took a side trip up Selah Hill (steep but short) and got a nice view of the valley. Don’t miss the iron rail bridges!

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