Coal Mines Trail

Washington

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Coal Mines Trail Facts

States: Washington
Counties: Kittitas
Length: 4.7 miles
Trail end points: Flag Pole Park at W. 1st St. and Stafford St. (Cle Elum) and Near intersection of 2nd Ave./SR 903 and Fan House Rd. (Ronald)
Trail surfaces: Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6055747
Trail activities: Bike, Horseback Riding, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Coal Mines Trail Description

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 trail lies 80 miles east of Seattle and runs through three small towns.

From its southern end in Cle Elum, you follow a tree-lined route paralleling Crystal Creek as you travel northwest to Roslyn, where the popular TV show Northern Exposure was filmed. Here, you can visit the Roslyn Museum (203 W. Pennsylvania Ave.), about a block from the trail, to learn about the town's mining past.

Outside the city, the trail continues through the trees until reaching its end at Ronald.

Parking and Trail Access

At the trail's southern end in Cle Elum, parking is available at Flag Pole Park (corner of W. First Street and Stafford Street).

Coal Mines Trail Reviews

Easy trail and farily flat which would be good with kids. Trail extends from Cle Elm to Ronald with Roslyn about have way. Some mountain biking trails available near the Roslyn. When entering Roslyn the tail end on the east side and you have to ride through town on Washington ave 2 blocks and pick up the trail on the west side which is only 2 blocks away. If you get lost just head to the town pub and ask directions after refueling.

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