Trails, Hiking & Biking
Get outside and explore what Washington State has to offer at a pace that nature intended, your own! Enjoy more than 40+ miles of both paved and unpaved trails throughout Suncadia. Mountain bike, hike, walk, run, stroll, ski, snowshoe, and take all the time you need.
Introducing the Nelson Creek Trail Fish Shed!
Check out our new Fish Shed located at the bottom of the Nelson Creek Trail. The Fish Shed can be accessed from a small parking area off Swiftwater Drive in the Nelson Preserve neighborhood, or from the trail to the north of The Lodge. Near the Fish Shed are picnic areas with great views of the river - a great spot to picnic with the family!
The Fish Story
The Cle Elum River is home to Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and the Native West Slope Cutthroat Trout. The Cutthroat got its name from the distinctive red or orange linear marks along the underside of their jaw. In the Cle Elum River, Cutthroat enjoy long lives allowing them to grow to large lengths. The Kittitas band of the Yakama Nation were the first inhabitants of Upper Kittitas County. During the warm months they lived in small villages along the Cle Elum River where they hunted and fished for food that was abundant in this area. Fish were split, dried, and wrapped in tule matting for preservation. When food was scarce, the dried meats were prepared by roasting and boiling to be eaten. This Fish Shed commemorates all of those who have shared meals along these shores and celebrates the fish that are a vital part of the Cle Elum’s ecosystem. Today’s anglers practice a method of catch and release fishing while wandering the waters of the Cle Elum in search of these prized fish.
TRAIL MAP AND COMMUNITY MAP
Never miss a step. The newly designed Suncadia Community Map is the one resource you will need to find every hidden gem within Suncadia. Trails are for both pedestrian and cycle traffic. Use map to locate amenities and areas of interest.
Nordic Trail Map
Explore the vast alpine landscape this winter. Our Nordic Trail Map has a trail to suit every need. Take a stroll around Tipple Hill loop or be adventurous and hike down to the river corridor and let nature show you what you have been missing.
Guided On-Property Hiking Trip
Hike to the river, and journey through verdant forest over deer and elk trails with a knowledgeable guide. Learn area history, folklore, native plants and wildlife. Approximate trip length covers 2 ½ -3 miles and is recommended for Ages 8 and up. Please wear hiking or tennis shoes. Advance reservations required. Call 509-649-6461.
GUIDED OFF-PROPERTY HIKING TRIPS
Manashtash Ridge Hike
- 3.5 hours including travel time
- (winter months may require snowshoes which will be provided)
- Hard - this is a steep climb for 2 miles
- Length - 4 miles round trip
- Min 6/Max 15
This trail climbs steadily, and at times steeply, to the top of Manashtash Ridge. Hikers will enjoy ascending through the Kittitas Valley's native shrub steppe, as well as the wide range of wildflowers that bloom in the area. Wildlife is also abundant on this trail, ranging from the reptilian to the avian. After the climb, hikers are rewarded with the beautiful views of the Kittitas Valley, the Sturart Mountain Range and Mission Ridge. Guests signing up for this hike should be in reasonably good physical condition. This hike is 2 miles uphill (4 roundtrip), sometimes steep. Hikers should come prepared with good shoes for hiking, clothing layers (non cotton) including hat and gloves during colder months, snack and water.
Cooper River Trail to Cooper Lake
- 3.5 hours including travel time
- Easy/Moderate - mostly flat trail
- Length - 3.5 miles total
- Min 6/Max 10
This peaceful, relatively flat hike follows the Cooper River to Cooper Lake. Hikers follow a beautiful trail that will take them through old growth forest with bursts of wildflowers. Along the way, there is also plenty of opportunity to glimpse at the river and enjoy the many species of birds and wildlife that thrive in this area. The trail ends at the crystal clear mountain lake, and hikers will be shuttled back to the lodge. Great hike for beginners or families with children. This hike is 3.5 miles one way with only a 400' elevation (mostly flat). Guests should come prepared with clothing layres (non cotton), water, snack, and good shoes for hiking.for
**Lunch may be provided for guests at the lake for an additional cost.
Thorp Lake and Thorp Mountain Lookout
Trail begins with a steady climb along Thorp Creek. After about 1.5 miles the trail opens up into meadows full of wildflowers and lovely views of the Thorp Valley. We will take a short break at Thorp Lake then continue up to the top of Thorp Mountain and the sweeping 360 degree views of the surrounding valleys, mountains and lakes. Drinks and snacks will be provided to you while you enjoy this pristine mountain setting. Much of this hike is uphill, some quite steep. You should be in very good physical condition for this hike.
This trail is a steady climb along Thorp Creek with abundant wildlife along the way. As you get higher the trail opens up meadows full of wildflowers and lovely views leading to beautiful Thorp Lake. In the fall the trail is covered with huckleberries and beautiful fall colors. Drinks and snacks will be provided to you while you enjoy a rest at the lake.
- Available at the end of August through the end of September (5 1/2 hours)
- Sunday thru Friday: 12:00pm meet time
- Saturday: 10:00am, 2:30pm
Adult Rate (18-63 yrs) and Youth/Senior Rates (17 and Under, 64 and Up) Available.
19 Miles - Class 3 - Minimum age: 10
Here's some suggestions for what to bring along:
- Swimsuit or shorts to wear under your wet suit
- Fleece or wool sweater (not necessary when it's over 80 degrees)
- Change of clothes (to be left in your car for after the trip)
- Any medications you may need
- Water bottle
- Waterproof camera
- Baseball cap or brimmed hat to shield your face from the sun
- Cheap sunglasses
*Note: Please do not wear any cotton clothing (sweatshirts, jeans, etc.). Unlike wool and polypropylene, cotton will not keep you warm when it gets wet.
Blue Sky Outfitters Provides:
- Farmer John style wet suits (full body without sleeves)
- Neoprene booties
- Coast Guard Approved life jackets
- Water resistant dry bags on each raft (for extra sweaters, hats, etc.)
Transportation: Transportation is not provided by Blue Sky Outfitters. Location of activity is in Leavenworth, Washington.