Trails, Hiking & Biking

Couple Hiking

Trails

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.

Fish Shed 

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.

  Summer Trail Map

 

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.

  Nordic Trail Map

 

Suncadia Legacies Sculptures

by Julie Speidel

This series of sculptures was designed and created by Washington artist, Julie Speidel and are situated along Suncadia Trail near the entrance of the resort.  Each sculpture grouping represents the forces of nature and the generations of people who have shaped the land around you. The first group honors the land as it was before the people arrived. Succeeding groups honor the Native Americans, the Pioneers and the Coal Miners. Finally, the symbol of Suncadia respectfully follows in the footsteps of all before. Together with Speidel, we are proud to celebrate the history and the legacy of this area.  Take a walking tour along the paved trail to view each sculpture up close! 

The Land

The land is the foundation of the Suncadia story.  Native Americans, Pioneers, and Coal Miners were all drawn to this region for its abundant resources.  These sculptures honor the elements that figure most prominently in all of their stories: mountains, water, and trees.

Native Americans

Native Americans were the first people to make this region their home. The land provided them with bountiful terrain for gathering wild berries, hunting, and fishing.  Native Americans believed they were equals with the plants and wild animals living around them ­- they honored the earth's treasures.

Pioneers

Pioneers came here to forge a new life and more promising future. Their daily struggles were made easier through the rich relationships they formed among themselves and ultimately the community they created together.

Coal Miners

Coal was discovered around Roslyn in the 1880's. At its peak in 1910, the town numbered four thousand residents.  The coal mines attracted people from throughout America including a large population of African Americans and European immigrants from Hungary to Sweden.  Their cultures and customs remain a part of this region today, even though the last coal mine closed in 1963.

Suncadia

Welcome to Suncadia.  Our symbol brings together the sun and the mountains.  It celebrates the place that is now Suncadia, its rich history, and all those who came before.

 

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