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With more than 500 miles of groomed trails in the upper portion of Kittitas County, the area is said to be the most popular snowmobiling spot in Washington State. The fairly recent introduction of Sno-Parks -- areas where you can park your car right near groomed trails -- have made the sport even more popular. There are trails for all skill levels, and the county has several spots to purchase or repair snowmobiles. Sno-Parks also offer groomed cross country skiing and dog sledding.

Salmon la Sac

Just north of Cle Elum, Interstate 90, exit 80, north on state Route 903. Stay on 903 for 16 miles. Parking is off U.S. Forest Service Road 4315 Three trails, Fish Lake, Gallagher and Cooper Lake Elevation: 2,360 feet

French Cabin

North of Cle Elum, Interstate 90, exit 80, north on state Route 903. Two trails, French Cabin Creek and Thorp Creek Elevation: 2,250 feet

Crystal Springs

Eight miles east of Snoqualmie Summit, Interstate 90, exit 62, to U.S. Forest Service Road 54 for a half-mile Connector and Crystal Springs Elevation: 2,400 feet Also has dog sled trails, cross country skiing

Woods and Steel

Interstate 90, exit 78, to Golf Course Road. South for just under a mile, left on Westside Road for 1.7 miles, right on Woods and Steel Road for just under a mile Three trails, South Cle Elum Ridge, South Fork Taneum Creek and Windy Saddle Loop Elevation: 2,210 feet No Sno-Park permit required Woods and Steel is not an official Sno-Park

Blewett Pass

25 miles south of Leavenworth on Highway 97 Four trails, Table Mountain, Lion Rock, Haney Meadows, Naneum Meadow Elevation: 4,100 feet

Teanaway/29 Pines

Six miles east of Cle Elum, Highway 97, north to North Fork Teanaway Road Four trails, North Fork Teanway, Blue Creek, Jack Creek and Teanaway to Starlight Resort Elevation: 2,620 feet No Sno-Park permit required


Interstate 90, exit 93 to Elk Heights Road, north to Thorp Prairie Road, south for 3.5 miles, east on West Taneum Road for six miles Two trails, Quartz Mountain and Murray Loop Elevation: 2,580 feet

Reecer Creek

13 miles north of Ellensburg on Reecer Creek Road and U.S. Forest Service Road 3500 Two trails, Lion Rock and Snowshoe Ridge Elevation: 3,120 feet

Elk Heights

South of Cle Elum, Interstate 90, exit 93 to Elk Heights Road, south for one mile Two trails, Peoh Point and Taneum Road Elevation: 2,300 feet Also has restrooms

Mineral Springs

20 miles north of Ellensburg on Highway 97 Three trails, Blue Creek, Red Top and Lion Gulch Elevation: 2,780 feet No Sno-Park permit required

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