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Cle Elum ORV Area

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Other Names

Cle Elum Ranger District, Okanogan-wenatchee National Forest, Little Naches, Sawmill Flat, Deadhorse Hill, Indian Flat, Quartz Mountain, Riders Camp, Manaslash Camp, Lost Lake, Taneum Junction, Icewater Creek Campground, Taneum Creek, Fish Hook Flats, Crow Creek Campground

Last Known StatusOpen

This large trail system has multiple trailheads and campgrounds to choose from. A large portion of this trail system consists of single track motorcycle trails but there are some narrow ATV trails as well.

Some novice friendly motorcycle trails can be found at Taneum Junction and Icewater Creek Campgrounds while Manastash Campground has a beginner friendly ATV loop.

The trails close seasonally for spring thaw around late March through mid June but some sections may remain closed due to ongoing maintenance so check with the Cle Elum Ranger District for current conditions.

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Permit RequiredYesWA ORV Tab
Dates OpenJune 15 - October 15
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (105 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedno trailblazing
Rule Enforcement
CommentMost campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis except for Sawmill Flat Campground and Little Naches Campground. Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.


Approx Size375,000 acres (586 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2500 to 4500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (N)Shell (509) 674-2555
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (N)Shell (509) 674-2555
Potable Water Water5-20 MilesEllensburg KOA (509) 925-9319
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Ellensburg KOA (509) 925-9319
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Ellensburg KOA (509) 925-9319
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (N)Shell (509) 674-2555


Tent: $5.00
RV: $5.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Taneum Junction Campground Fee
CommentIcewater Campground - $20/night, $6/additional vehicle; Quartz Mountain Campground - $0; Manaslash Camp - $5/night; Riders Camp - $10/night; Little Naches Campground - $20/night, $9/additional vehicle; Sawmill Flat Campground - $22/night


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityCle Elum, WA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Seattle, WA
For Taneum Junction Campground
1) Take I-90 East to Exit 78
2) Turn right (south) off the exit ramp onto Golf Course Road, continue .9 miles
3) Turn left (south) onto Westside Road, continue 5 miles
4) Turn right (south) onto NF-3350, continue 6.5 miles
5) Turn right onto NF-119, continue about 4 miles
6) Campground entrance is on the right (south).

For Icewater Campground:
7) Continue east past Taneum Junction Campground entrance for about 1 mile
8) Campground entrance is on the right (south).


Contact InfoOkanogan-wenatchee National Forest - Cle Elum Ranger District
803 W. 2nd Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
(509) 852-1100
Contact InfoWashington State Department of Licensing
(360) 902-3770
CommentWashington ORV Tab Info


Cle Elum ORV Trail Photo

Cle Elum ORV Area Trail

At certain points you can even see Cle Elum Lake and snow capped mountains.

Cle Elum ORV Trail Photo

Panoramic photo of evergreen tree forest with some mountains in the background.

You can't beat the scenery here.

Cle Elum ORV Trail Photo

Young boy wearing Fox motocross pants, gloves and chest protector standing next to a Kawasaki, Honda and Yamaha dirt bike.

This is a good place for a group ride with friends and family.

Cle Elum ORV Trail Photo

A scenic close up photo with pine trees, cliffs and rugged mountains.

If you like rugged mountains, evergreen pine trees and hundreds of miles of trails, this is the place to go.

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