Exploring around South Cle Elum – October 2015

Met up with a friend and explored around South Cle Elum Ridge. We met up at Mule EO, then headed east over the Snoqualmie pass on 1-90, then south from South Cle Elum proper on NF-3350. This National Forest road quickly rises in elevation but once it peaks at about 4000′ elevation, some stellar views can be had, especially if one takes the slightly overgrown NF-211 and NF-114. Pinstriping is likely but not severe.  The views at the end of each are worth it: Cle Elum valley to the north plus the massive wind towers of Ellensburg the the southeast. Roads conditions were pretty decent with little to moderate wash-boarding most of the whole day.

We ended up exploring much more of the NF-3300 than was expected as it was a perfectly clear day with just the right conditions.

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google map of the trip

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