There’s more to providing world class recreational opportunities than bringing people to Washington’s stunning mountains, rivers, and forests. Visitors need amenities: well-built trails, campsites, and trash collection facilities. Some less considerate visitors need cleaning up after, so that others can enjoy a natural landscape free of garbage or graffiti. The larger the public lands, the
Recently, a local team of volunteers joined forces with the Greenway Trust and USFS to repair the Sculpture Rock Trail out of Swauk Campground. This is just the first of many projects that will focus on giving much needed TLC to trails in the Upper Yakima Basin.
The first round of draft plans for a new trail system to connect the towns of Ronald, Roslyn, and Cle Elum with the Teanaway Community Forest have been unveiled—and are ready for public comment.
The Washington State Legislature has just passed a capital budget to fund new project work around the state, including major investments in habitat conservation and outdoor recreation, as well as schools, mental health facilities, and affordable housing.
Recreation planning is underway for the new Teanaway Community Forest as thousands of survey results come in, painting a vivid picture of current and desired activities across the forest.
As our new Community Coordinator in upper Kittitas County Nicky will work closely with the community and organizations to build and strengthen connections between local communities and public lands on the eastern half of the Greenway.
The Washington State Legislature failed to pass a capital construction budget, resulting in far-reaching impacts across our region. Vital projects are delayed indefinitely or could even be canceled.
It’s state budget season! We’re in Olympia advocating for recreation and public lands. Several funding proposals could have big, much-needed impacts here in the Greenway.
As we look back on 2016, we are proud that we do things differently here. We showed the rest of the nation that bipartisan efforts CAN succeed; that different voices can come together to solve some of our region’s most difficult challenges.
L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, Kittitas County, WA
This pair of trails is one of mountain bike routes in the Joe Watt Canyon area of the LT Murray Wildlife Area. It connects Watt Canyon Road to the Racing Loop and runs on an old logging road and is not open to motorized vehicles.
Irene Rinehart Park, Ellensburg, WA
This popular local destination can be accessed on foot from the Irene Reinhart parking lot on Umtanum Rd or from Rotary Park via a connector path under I-90. You can drive to the beach in the summer but road access is closed in the winter.
302 W 3rd St, Cle Elum, WA
This museum, housed in a 1914 mansion, tells the colorful story of the mining communities of Upper Kittitas County and of Cle Elum’s first successful banker and former mayor of Cle Elum, Frank Carpenter and his family. High Country Artist exhibits rotate monthly.
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Kittitas County, WA
This trail is a major access route to abundant backpacking destinations in Alpine Lakes Wilderness. A day horse ride to Cathedral Pass is very challenging with steep exposed trail.
Salmon La Sac Rd, , WA
This is a popular gathering place for trail riders heading into the mountains on several popular trails. It has spacious tent and RV sites. Water available from hand pump. Opens once snow as cleared, sometimes not before late June early July.
In 2014, The Nature Conservancy purchased 165,000 acres of forestry land in Kittitas and Yakima County from Plum Creek timber. This land is being managed for recreation, conservation, and timber. Management Plan and recreation guide at www.washingtonnature.org/centralcascades This land is not owned or managed by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. Please contact The Nature
Suncadia Resort, Kittitas County, WA
The Cle Elum River Conservancy is a protected area along the river in Suncadia. The trails at Suncadia are open to the public. The greeter at the entrance can provide directions and information.