It’s Fall in Washington, early October. The colors will soon be coming up in full force so it was paramount to get out on the trails again, hopefully to catch some good photos with a sweeping view of the Cascade mountains in the distance. Rather than a full day of long miles and dusty trails, my buddy and I decided for a chill ride up to an overlook and spend a few hours enjoying the view.
Heading north on 903 from Cle Elum, through the tiny PNW towns of Roslyn and Randle, you’ll begin to drive along Cle Elum Lake. As is typical for this time of year the lake levels have dropped considerably. More on that later.
NF-128 is an easy trail for most vehicles with just the very last switchback requiring a decent suspension lift to get over the rocky ledges. The view along the way to the overlook at the end is pretty stupendous as it looks back down the trail to the Cle Elum River, 2450 feet below.
View from NF-128