Coal Mines Trail

An easy 6.5 mile gravel trail that gains only 453 feet of elevation. Stroll through Kittitas County's mining history on the Coal Mines Trail from Cle Elum through Roslyn to Ronald year-round.

getting there

The trail's endpoints are located in Cle Elum and Ronald. It can be accessed from multiple points.

Cle Elum

Take I-90 to Exit 84 to Cle Elum. The trail begins near Flag Pole Park ( at Stafford Street and West 2nd Street. Parking is available at Flag Pole Park.


In Roslyn, to access the trail proceed to the east end of Pennsylvania Ave. Behind Old City Hall near the Slag Pile. From the Roslyn City Clerk's office (201 S 1st St, Roslyn, WA 98941) go east on Pennsylvania Ave.


The trail can be accessed near the Ronald Fire District (1st & Atlantic, Ronald, WA 98940) where 2nd Ave joins SR 903 and Fan House Road.

on the trail

For more detailed information about the trail and the history that inspired its creation, visit the Cle Elum-Roslyn Chamber (contact for pamphlets and current conditions), the Roslyn Historical Museum Society (history and sketch map), or (article with map download).

This flat, crushed-gravel trail is easy to walk along and open for recreation all year. It is wide and level. Bikes, walkers, joggers, and those with baby strollers can all enjoy this trail. However, the Coal Mines Trail is not truly handicapped-accessible, because the surface is not paved. In addition to the interesting mining sites the trail passes, autumn brings fall colors to the trail.  In winter months, pedestrians are joined by snowmobilers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers, conditions permitting.

  • Suitable Activities: Cross-country Skiing, Day Hiking, Snowshoeing, Trail Running
  • Snowshoeing Category: Beginner
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy, U-XC 1 Beginner Ungroomed
  • Length: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 453 ft
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Cle Elum No. 241
  • Green Trails Easton No. 240
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