Swauk Forest Discovery Trail

A 2.5-mile loop hike near Blewett Pass. The trail winds through forest and meadow with 25 interpretive stops along the route. Enjoy wildflowers and views, as well as an area recovering from a burn.

getting there

Drive US-97 north, turn south onto Forest Road 9716. In winter park in the Blewett Pass SnoPark. In summer drive ~0.4 mile to the parking area and trailhead (4,100 ft).

on the trail

In summer, the Swauk Forest Discovery Trail is a  introduction to the Blewett Pass ecosystem. Hike the 2.5-mile loop stopping to learn from the 25 interpretive signs.

snowshoe route

 In winter, this area is popular with snowmobilers, but the motorized and non-motorized areas split at the turnoff for the trail.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 2.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 530 ft
  • 4,640 ft
  • Land Manager: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests
    Cle Elum Ranger District (OWNF)
  • Parking Permit Required: see "Getting There" section (above)
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Liberty No. 210
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