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Your Property Specialist in the Central Cascades If you are looking to buy or sell in Easton, Cle Elum, Suncadia, Roslyn, Ronald, Thorp or Ellensburg, I can help.

Kim Lohnes Real Estate Broker

Please call me at 425-241-1011 for a complimentary copy of currently available properties for sale in our area. If you are considering selling, I can provide you with a complete market analysis of your home.




Lovely Teanaway area cabin in the woods... peaceful 3 acres of pristine beauty with views of rolling fields, mountains and forest land. Fabulous weekend getaway or live the “good life” in the fresh Cle Elum pine air. This darling home has newer appliances, hardwood and slate floors, front & rear decks so you can kick back, relax and enjoy all the sounds and sights nature can bring. Watch as deer and elk stroll on by. Bring your horses or motorized toys and play to your heart’s content! Priced at $269,000.

Call me today for a private showing of this home or any other home in Kittitas County you wish to view! • Voted Five Star Real Estate Professional Award, Seattle Magazine • International Diamond Society Awards, President’s Award, President’s Elite Awards • #1 & Top 10 Producing Broker Awards Cell: 425-241-1011

There are many properties like this available in our community.

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Welcome to the Central Cascades! PLAY HARD! TRAVEL EASY!

Table of Contents 7-10 Visitor Services 44-45 County Recreation Map 11-15 Places 11 13 15 15 15 12 12 13 14 15

An easy hour’s drive along the I-90 corridor transports you from the metropolitan Seattle area to Your Natural Playground in the Central Cascades. Some of Washington’s most accessible outdoor recreation and entertainment warmly welcomes you and your family. Over 300 days of sunshine illuminate the abundance of natural beauty ranging from rugged mountain peaks to wide open valleys. Year round recreation and friendly small town people await. Make your getaway!

25-34 Events 37th Annual Visitor’s Guide

P.O. Box 308 / 807 W. Davis St., suite 101A



produced by the staff of

Cle Elum, WA 98922 • (509) 674-2511




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26-27 Calendar of Events

To inquire about advertising opportunities in the next edition, contact us before April 2018. In the meantime, ask us about EXPLORE! Online Directory Listings and local newspaper advertising available throughout the year. 509-674-2511

Food & Drink


Cle Elum Easton Ellensburg Hyak Liberty Ronald Roslyn South Cle Elum Suncadia Thorp

18-19 Dining & Lodging Map 35-40 Attractions 41-48 Recreation 48 Campgrounds & RV Parks

10 Church Directory 50 Services Index





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Fax • Copies • USB Drives We Can Print Out Your Files


(bring in on USB drive or email to: - prefer PDF format; other formats accepted if we can open them)

Friday: 10am - 5pm Saturday: 10am - 3pm Evenings and other days by appointment. Please call for availability.

BUSINESS CENTER traveler services

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in the renovated cabin at 401 W. 1st Street, Cle Elum

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Printer Ink • Legal Forms • Signage • Envelopes 509-674-2511 Tribune Office Supply & Printing

807 W. Davis St. (by Safeway & Taco Bell in Cle Elum)

Cars n Trucks n RV’s n 4x4’s Shell Gas n Propane n Tires n Bulk Fuel Family Owned & Operated Since 1960

FAX: 509-674-5571


CYCLING ENTHUSIASTS of all levels love the wide range of terrains found in the Central Cascades. Erik Pague photo

Whether you are new to the area or haven’t visited in a while in our neck of the woods, there are plenty of old and new favorites to explore if you have the most current information.



Cle Elum Visitor Center

Downtown Cle Elum 219 E. First St. (next to Telephone Museum)

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce 312 W. First Street | 509-674-6880 |

Cle Elum City Park – Between First & Second Streets

Roslyn Visitor Center 101 E. Pennsylvania Avenue | 509-649-3650 |

Ellensburg Visitor Center Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce 609 N. Main Street | 509-925-2002 |

(near Skate Park and Horseshoe pits)

Coal Mines Trailheads CLE ELUM (chemical toilet) at intersection of W. Second St. and N. Stafford St. ROSLYN (full public restrooms) at intersection of N. Third St. and W. Washington Ave. (next to Roslyn Pioneer Park) PLUS many visitor-friendly service stations, restaurants and other businesses offer their restrooms for visitor use – just ask! 2017-18 EXPLORE! Central Cascades




Queen Tootsie Welcomes You! Hello! My name is Beverly (Tootsie) Georgeson, your 2017 Pioneer Days Queen. I want to welcome you to beautiful Kittitas County. Being born and raised in a coalminer’s family, I’ve been immersed in the rich cultural history that makes this place home. My husband, father and brothers were all miners. The work was very labor intensive, so time off was enjoyed by all. We gathered as families to rest and enjoy the abundance of opportunities, that meant a lot of picnics, camping, fishing, hiking, berry picking, hunting and community events. Those fun things are still available to you! Please take the time for some or all of them. Visitors have the chance to learn about our history by visiting local museums, cemeteries and visitor centers. We would love to share our rich history with you! One of my favorite times of the year is the Fourth of July and all of its festivities. I invite you and your family to come join the fun, July 1-4!

98922 Cle Elum, WA 305 E. First St. • 509-674-2444 98925 Easton, WA 2151 Railroad St. • 509-656-2244 98926 Ellensburg, WA 100 E. 3rd Ave. • 509-962-4360 98934 Kittitas, WA 107 Main St. • 509-968-3577 98940 Ronald, WA 8291 SR903 • 509-649-2668 98941 Roslyn 122 W. Pennsylvania Ave. • 509-649-2215 98943 South Cle Elum 604 Cleveland Ave. • 509-674-2611 98946 Thorp, WA 50 First Street • 509-964-2281 98950 Vantage, WA 509-856-2800

‘Lend a Hand – Care for the Land’ Woodsy Owl leads the way to helping keep our recreation lands clean with a simple message, “Give a Hoot – Don’t Pollute!” You can join Woodsy in keeping campsites, picnic areas, trails and beaches cleaner by recycling items and disposing of trash at the Transfer Station. Kittitas County recycles common household disposables at two locations:

2017 Pioneer Days Queen Beverly “Tootsie” Georgeson Jim Fossett photo

Report Forest Fires 800-562-6010 n Poison Center 800-222-1222 Wildlife Poaching : non-emergency 877-933-9847 n Crisis Line: 509-674-2881 Cle Elum, Roslyn, South Cle Elum Police non-emergency business line 509-674-2991 Ellensburg Police non-emergency 509-962-7280 n FBI 206-622-0460 Kittitas County Sheriff non-emergency 509-962-7527 Washington State Patrol non-emergency 800-283-7806 8

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Dial 9-1-1 for EMERGENCIES!

Cle Elum Transfer Station 50 No. 5 Mine Road | 509-649-2921 HOURS: Tues-Sat, 8am-1pm and 1:30-4pm

Ellensburg Transfer Station 1001 Industrial Way | 509-962-7542 HOURS: Monday-Saturday, 8am - 4pm

There is no charge for recycling aluminum cans, corrugated cardboard, glass, magazines, milk jugs, newspaper, plastic pop bottles and tin cans. A handling fee is assessed for appliances, iron, steel, brass copper and yard clippings. Cle Elum Transfer Station also accepts antifreeze, auto batteries, household batteries and oil.

Recreate the hassle-free way, pick up a Permit Many four-season outdoor destination sights require parking permits or passes.


U.S. Forest Service recreation passes include: • National Forest Recreation Day Pass • Northwest Forest Pass • Interagency Annual Pass • Interagency Senior and Access Pass For more info, visit

WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE A Vehicle Use Permit is required on Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) lands. For more on these permits and licensing visit

WASHINGTON STATE PARKS Washington State Parks passes include: • Discover Pass • Natural Investment Permit • Moorage Permit • Filming Permit • Commercial Use Permit • Special Activities Permit For more on these permits visit

WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES The Discover Pass is your ticket to Washington's Great Outdoors. For a list and maps of DNR-managed state trust lands that require the Discover Pass logon to

WASHINGTON STATE WINTER SNO-PARKS Created in 1975, the state’s Sno-Park Program provides cleared parking areas in close proximity to trails. There are two kinds of Sno-Parks: Snowmobile and Non-motorized Sports. SnoParks in Kittitas County include Crystal Springs, the most used of the 120 in Washington. Download maps from A Sno-Park Permit is necessary for parking and/or using motorized and non-motorized Sno-Parks. For more info on fees and regulations for permits visit

Enjoy your time in the great outdoors!

2 Convenient Locations to Help You Plan Your Adventure VISITOR INFORMATION CENTERS:

Cle Elum 312 West First Street Cle Elum, WA 98922 (509) 674-6880

Ellensburg 609 North Main Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926 (509) 925-2002 or (888) 925-2204

Bringing You These Community Events: • Pioneer Days | Cle Elum | July 1 & 2 • Kruisin’ Kittitas | Kittitas | Aug. 12 • Mountain Ale Festival | Roslyn | Oct. 21 • Winterhop Brewfest | Ellensburg | Jan. 20

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ROSLYN EPISCOPAL CHURCH Invites you to worship 10:00 a.m. Sundays 509-674-6856 • Non-denominational “Simply Teaching The Bible Simply” 417 E. Railroad., Cle Elum. Sunday Morning 10:00 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Youth Group 6:15 p.m.

2nd & Arizona, Roslyn • 509-649-2283 • Everyone Welcome! Look for us on Facebook at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


CHAPEL OF ST. BERNARD Snoqualmie Pass Summit Ski Area (Behind the Forest Service Office) Billie Lawson • Ski Season Service at 8:30 a.m. Non-Ski Season Service at 9:00 a.m. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CLE ELUM ALLIANCE CHURCH 327 Madison Street • South Cle Elum, WA Sunday Services: 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. 509-674-2664 • Ministries For All Ages ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

GOOD FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH Washington & 7th Streets • South Cle Elum, WA WELS Synod • 9:00 a.m. Sunday Service Pastor Ray Beckmann • 509-925-7189 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1st & Idaho • Roslyn, WA • 509-649-3572 • ECO Sunday Morning Worship 9:00 a.m. “Come as you are.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 4th and Columbia • Cle Elum, WA 10:00 a.m. Sacrament. 509-674-8302, President Whitemarsh ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST 301 W. Second Street • Cle Elum, WA 98922 Father Brooks Beaulaurier • 509-674-2531 For a complete Mass and Sacrament Schedule for both parishes, please call number above or visit our website: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1104 Okanogan St. • Ellensburg, WA • 509-607-2028 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. • Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. Get Acquainted Potluck Every Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Every Saturday 6:00 p.m. Thursday Worship 6:30 p.m. in Cle Elum (Call 509-607-2028 for location)

UPPER COUNTY COMMUNITY CHURCH 2821 E. Railroad St. • Easton, WA 98925 Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. • 509-656-2414 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

To advertise in next year’s Church Directory, call the Northern Kittitas County Tribune at 509-674-2511



Central Cascades is home to a dozen communities. Enjoy the diverse history and rich culture each place has to offer and explore the events, attractions and recreational opportunities all year-long


...lies in the heart of the Kittitas Valley and offers yearlong opportunities to unwind, including access to trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding in the summer months and some of the best snowmobiling in the state during the winter. For those looking for something else, there are plenty of big events to check out, including the Cruise Cle Elum car show, the Cle Elum Roundup Rodeo, the Upper Kittitas County Pioneer Days celebration for the Fourth of July and more. Between exciting events visitors often like to tour our museums and roadside attractions, then browse the shops and savor local cuisine at area eateries.

THE CRUISE CLE ELUM car and motorcycle show takes over a part of First Street downtown each August. Erik Pague photo

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Having grown out of a history rooted in coal mining and logging, Roslyn is whispers with a pleasing ambience locals have created over the years by preserving the classic, period architecture of the downtown district, a place made for foot traffic with a remarkable variety of sights to see and things to do all year long. Those places include a museum, pubs and restaurants with live entertainment, a candy store with homemade sweets, the shopping mall inside the NWI Building, a brewery, a distilling company, a morgue transformed into a movie theatre, a small grocery store, an organic food store and ice cream shop, a bookstore, a souvenir shop, an old fashioned hardware store with an old fashioned stove locals gather around in winter, and an eclectic art gallery recently opened by a woman who has traveled the world 40 years collecting art. Roslyn has for years been a base camp for outdoor recreationists. Keep your eyes open for special events throughout the year as well as for some fun sightseeing such as the massive mural of Marlon Brando.


RONALD COMMUNITY CLUB members volunteer time to maintain their community Jim Fossett photo center.

Ronald is a peaceful hamlet that less than 300 people call home. It’s one of the last stops on SR-903 as travelers head west to visit recreational sites such as Speelyi Beach on Lake Cle Elum, Salmon La Sac and the many vacation rental homes in between. Ronald offers year-round activities for outdoor recreationists, with sprawling mountainsides perfect for snowmobiling and lots of river and lake water for swimming, fishing and boating opportunities. Within the town itself are two of the state’s oldest landmarks – the old Ronald School and Hawthorne Hall; both host events each year.


Upper Kittitas County is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with year-round access to mountains, lakes, biking, scenic rivers, and miles of hiking trails. Cle Elum-Roslyn School District is proud of its “classic small town” feel where our schools are highly regarded and our children grow up in a safe and supportive environment. The district is nestled in the foothills of the eastern slope of the Cascade Range and serves the communities of Cle Elum, South Cle Elum, Roslyn, Ronald, and Liberty. The school district is

composed of four schools: Cle Elum-Roslyn Elementary School, Walter Strom Middle School, Cle Elum-Roslyn High School and Swiftwater Learning Center. The district serves approximately 875 students kindergarten through 12th grade. Cle Elum-Roslyn School District invites you to visit our school facilities and learn about our school programs. Each of our programs accept new enrollments for students who live in our community, and the district considers applications for those students who

2690 SR 903, Cle Elum, WA 98922 • 509-649-4850 •

Gary Wargo, Superintendent Freida Ellison, Business Manager Brett Simpson, High School Principal Lara Gregorich-Bennett, Middle School Principal Matt Chase, Elementary School Principal Carrieanne Selzler, Special Service Director Swiftwater Learning Center Mark Soderstrom, Facilities Manager Lisa Hull, Dean of Students / CTE Director Trevor Baglien, IT Director Athletic Director Rosa Overton, Transportation Darlene Davis, Food Services

wish to Choice into our schools from other school districts. Enrollments for next school year are accepted until June 24, 2017 and again starting August 23, 2017. The next school year begins on September 6, 2017. The school district and its programs have been recognized for a number of achievement awards over the years. Between 20072012, the elementary school and middle school both received the Washington State “School of Distinction” Award, while the high school received the same award from 2007-2015. Most recently, the Cle ElumRoslyn Elementary School was honored with

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the Washington State Achievement Award for 2016. Our communities are proud of our schools and highly qualified staff. The community and many local businesses support our schools, students, and programs through operations levies, capital project levies, parent volunteerism, scholarships, internships, and countless other ways. The Cle Elum-Roslyn School District is a Great Place to Learn and Live.

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Jim Fossett photo

SOUTH CLE ELUM just a short hop over the Yakima River and lies below Peoh Point, which makes for a stunning backdrop no matter what time of the year you take a look at it. This small town was created in part by the railroad industry at the turn of the century and honors that heritage with the South Cle Elum Depot. There are exhibits detailing that history along with an ADA-accessible trail that teaches visitors about how the railroad helped shape the development of the town in the early 20th century.

Between Snoqualmie Pass and Cle Elum lies the small town of Easton. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation from Easton throughout the year, including the 516 acre Lake Easton State Park and easily accessible fishing at Lavender Lake and Easton Ponds. The town celebrates Memorial Day each year with a parade, and car show that draws visitors from all over.

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The resort community is proud to help visitors escape the grind and take time to get back in touch with nature but also has plenty of the finer things to take in, like its three golf courses, multiple, well-reviewed restaurants, hotels, spas, fitness center, pools and much more. It’s nestled right in the heart of the woods the upper county and Central Cascades are known for but is still only a short drive away from the main towns here. Feel free to check out the sprawling resort on a whim or plan ahead to visit during one of the many events and themed activities held throughout the year, such as the Suncadia Multisport Festival in August, its Fourth of July celebrations, Harvest Fest in October and more. Directions from I-90: take exit 80 toward Roslyn and Salmon La Sac. Turn onto Bullfrog Road and follow the signs at the traffic circle and take the exit heading west to Suncadia.

GOLFER CHASE MARQUETTE tees off at Rope Rider’s hole 10 in April 2017. Golf lovers can also check out the two other golf courses at Suncadia, Prospector and the private Erik Pague photo Tumble Creek.

YOUNG BROOK SHULL celebrates one of the many organic vegetables available during the Suncadia Harvest Festival in October.

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MOUNTAIN AUTO PARTS 808 University Way • Ellensburg, WA • 509.962.2599 Open: Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-6:00 pm • Saturday, 9:30 am-3:00 pm

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The discovery of gold on Swauk Creek in September 1873 and the accompanying mining rush in Kittitas County led to the founding of Liberty, just off SR97. Today, the town is a small, quiet neighborhood serving outdoor enthusiasts as a starting point to miles of roads and trails in the Wenatchee National Forest that have become popular portals for hikers, rock hounds, campers and those who just want to take a drive to an out-of-the-way spot. Liberty is also a well-preserved chapter in the region’s history as reflected by a kiosk community members erected to memorialize the area’s past. Be sure to visit the Red Top Lookout Tower, an easy climb, where you can take in sweeping views of Kittitas Valley and the Stuart Mountain range. When you reach the tower you can say you saw one of the last wildfire lookout towers still operating in Washington. If you like, contact the U.S. Forest Service in Cle Elum to learn how you can train as a volunteer lookout for a day and a night. Call 509-852-1100.


This community was built by the hands of farmers and many residents still make their living this way. Thorp’s industrious farmers quickly realized they could harness the power of the nearby Yakima River and built the Thorp Grist Mill in 1880. The historic site offers tours between Memorial Day and the first week of October that take visitors back in time. Also in October, the town welcomes guests to Thorp Community Day, which features live music and more. Be sure to also check out the Thorp Fruit Stand & Antique Mall, easily accessible from I-90.


Ellensburg is the biggest city in Kittitas County and is known for the Ellensburg Rodeo, which has featured the biggest rodeo stars in the country for over 90 years. The city was planned to be the capitol of Washington. That didn’t work out but it still became the home of Central Washington University, one of the fastest growing public universities in the state. Ellensburg also features several major events throughout the year such as Jazz in the Valley, the Winterhop Brewfest and Dachshunds on Parade – all taking place within the historic downtown district featuring several buildings that can boast of being around longer than Washington has been a state.


Outdoor recreationists looking for skiing, hiking and biking opportunities head for Hyak at Snoqualmie Pass. Located at the base of the Pass, this unincorporated community offers a rendezvous point with lodging, restaurants, pubs, gas stations and easy access to The Summit at Snoqualmie ski resort and the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. 2017-18 EXPLORE! Central Cascades 15

Roslyn is a pleasure to paint One sunny afternoon in May 2017, Bainbridge Island carpenter and painter Charlie Sharpe was spotted in Roslyn painting an old historical house on Idaho Avenue. The Lane House, as it’s called, is just one painting subject that draws artists like Sharpe to Roslyn and the surrounding area. “Everywhere you look there’s a painting subject,” he said. “You could actually do a painting no matter where you’re standing. You can look in almost any direction and come up with an interesting subject.” As a carpenter, Sharpe is drawn to the old and historic buildings in Roslyn but artists, photographers and other creative types are sure to be inspired by any number of subjects within the towns or out in nature.

Pioneer Days in July The annual Fourth of July Pioneer Days Celebration, July 1-4, in downtown Cle Elum features a street fair, a grand parade, tea with the Pioneer Queen, a fireman’s breakfast, an aerial fireworks show, horseshoe and boccie ball tournaments, a talent show and a Ronald community dinner inside historic Hawthorne Hall and Roslyn Riders Playday. Fore more information, search Facebook for Pioneer Days in Cle Elum. Jim Fossett photo


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‘Northern Exposure’, filmed in Roslyn, brings fans to the Central Cascades Fans of the 90’s era TV series Northern Exposure have flocked back to Roslyn each year for more than two decades. The show took place in fictional Cicely, Alaska but was filmed in Roslyn during its run between 1990 and 1995 and fans of the show and those who may have never seen it can all get together for the “informal” Moosefest every summer. describes the weekend as a “hang out together” sort of event that doesn’t require registration fees. Moosefest participants will be able to The Roslyn Museum at 203 W. Pennsylvania Ave. has a check out Roslyn and see Dr. Fleischman’s office, the collection of memorabilia KBHR radio station and other locations used to shoot and maps of shooting lo- the series. Moosefest plans to return to a more formal cations used for the show event that will include celebrities, dinners and tours.

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Breakfast & Lunch


Juice Bar, Natural Market, Wine, Cheeses, Produce, Pre-Made Take-Home Meals

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G U N N A R ’ S N U R S E RY & GUNNAR’S FLORAL 811 Hwy 970 | Cle Elum | Open Seasonally, Check online for hours.

TURN OUT CAFE 702 S. First | Roslyn

(Located next to City Hall)

GUNNAR’S BISTRO & GUNNAR’S PRODUCE 811 Hwy 970, Ste 6 | Cle Elum | (East end of Cle Elum)



(East end of Cle Elum in the Red Barn by Gunnar’s Bistro)

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A charming European style inn at the heart of historic downtown Roslyn. Perfect for friends and family reunions! Book a room and check availability at or give us a call!

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102 E. Pennsylvania Ave. • Roslyn, WA• (Above the Red Bird Cafe)

Fun Outdoor Adventures begin at Motor Toys!

Family Owned and Operated since 1913


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Explore the Greenway The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington along the I-90 corridor, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. In the Mountains to Sound Greenway there are hundreds of things to do throughout the year. From field trips and work parties and tree plantings to outdoor recreation and farmers markets to festivals and family-friendly events. Greenway 365 is your resource to explore the Greenway 365 days a year. To view an interactive map, an events calendar, a top-picks trip advisor and info on guided tours visit IN KITTITAS COUNTY, the Great Outdoors is synonymous with outdoor recreation for the body, mind and soul. Riders stop for a picture postcard shot with the Stuart Mountain range. Courtesy Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

Stop by Thorp Community Days in fall Thorp Community Days, Oct. 6-7, brings visitors and residents of this smalltown together Friday evening for dinner, a grand marshal ceremony and a silent auction. Saturday, after a community breakfast, the tempo shifts to a parade followed by a festival highlighted by vendors with their wares, carnival games and food concessions. For more information and directions: facebook Thorp Community Days


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30th annual Hunters Breakfast is a joy whether you’re a sportsman or just a breakfast lover

Feel like having seconds? Even if you don’t normally indulge in an extra helping, you may reconsider that stance when you try the pancakes, made to order eggs, thick cuts of ham and all the other fixings at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange’s 30th annual hunters breakfast held 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 14. The event may be timed with hunting season but if you’re looking for an affordable and delicious meal you can’t go wrong here. The Grange has a bunch of other Skip the maple syrup for your great events, including more pancakes and go heavy on the great food like on offer here homemade apple butter made throughout the year, including a by Grange members. If you like chili cook off in March and a it, feel free to pick up a couple Christmas Dinner in December. jars to bring home and try it Visit for the full schedule of events. on other breakfast staples.


DAN “CORNFED” HUIZENGA smashes through a log with a final chop of his axe during the annual High Country Log Show in Roslyn during Labor Day in Erik Pague photo September.

Central Cascades communities really know how to celebrate with heritage dinners full of music and ethnic foods, art walks, pioneer spirited parades and recreational competitions.

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KEEN SUMMER CAMP for kids (K-9) is great fun – visit for more info. KEEN photo

Heading east from the Central Cascades reveals a gradual change in the ecosystem from mountain habitats to the shrub steppe featuring flatter land and a drier climate within the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway. It is here where the Kittitas Environmental Education Network (KEEN) seeks to help visitors learn about theconnection between people and this part of nature. Established in 2000, KEEN is pursuing construction of an interpretive center outside of Ellensburg, but also holds several events throughout the year to help people connect with nature. The Get Intimate with the Shrub Steppe event takes place in the spring and provides a family friendly schedule that covers the area’s geology, birds, reptiles, natural history, river life and more. KEEN also hosts the e3 Winter Fair, “an environmental farmers market that celebrates the intersection of environment, education and economy,” according to 2017-18 EXPLORE! Central Cascades 25

CALENDAR OF EVENTS MAY 2017 MAY-SEPT: Cle Elum Historical Telephone Museum. Open daily from Noon-4pm, 221 E. 1st St., Cle Elum. MAY-OCT: Kittitas County Farmers Market. Saturdays, May 6 thru Oct. 28, 9am-1pm, at Ellensburg’s historic downtown district on 4th between Pearl & Pine. 509-899-3870 • MAY 27: Easton’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration & Parade. Events all day starting with pancake breakfast 8-10:30am. Fun run 8:30am. Parade at Noon. Concession booths. Wall of Heroes, Monster Truck rides, Rock-climbing wall. Directions: I-90 Exit 71 Easton. 206-501-5268 • MAY 27: Cabin Creek Cruisers Car Show & Loud Pipes Motorcycle Show in Easton. Starts at 9am. All cars, trucks and motorcycles welcome. Directions: Easton School, 1893 Railroad St., off I-90 Exit 71. 509-674-9229 MAY 27: Thorp Mill Dinner & Auction. Doors open at 5pm. Dinner at 6pm. Live music 7-8pm. Tickets at • 509-964-9640 MAY 28: Roslyn Riders Prize Ride. Starts at 9am with last rider out at Noon. Prizes awarded at 3pm. Arena visible from SR903, at 70 Martin Rd. 509-674-2008 MAY 29: Memorial Day Ceremony. Roslyn Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Starts at 11am. Invocation, pledge of allegiance, singing, keynote speaker, firing squad, taps.

JUNE 2017 JUNE-SEPT: Roslyn Farmers Market. Sundays, June 11 thru Sept. 10. Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn. 10am2pm

JUNE 3-4: Kick It Up. Washington State Horse Park, Munro Boulevard, Cle Elum. Family-friendly equestrian event, demonstrations, clinics, activities for kids, vendors. 877-635-4111 •

JUNE 17: Annual Dachshunds on Parade. Register 8:30am. Parade, races and doggie tricks. Directions: Downtown Ellensburg, 4th Ave. and Main St. 509-925-3137 •

JUNE 3: Teanaway Navigation Race. Orienteering and map navigation race in the forests of the Teanaway Valley, Cle Elum. Two, four and eight-hour races. Free intro to Navigation workshop at 8am to learn how to read maps, contours, basic navigation and how to use the compass to orient the map.

JUNE 24: Pioneer Queen Coronation. Doors open at 6pm. Cle Elum Eagles Club, 220 North Pennsylvania Ave., Cle Elum. All welcome. 509-674-2385

JUNE 3: Roads of Wonder Yard Sale. One of the largest neighborhood yard sales in Upper Kittitas County with over 40 yard/moving/estate sales. 8:30am-5pm. Directions: Sun Country Estates borders Sun County Golf Course. Take I-90 to Exit 78-Golf Course Road. JUNE 4: Teanaway Trail Run. Features a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon in the Teanaway forest east of Cle Elum. Races start 8am-10am. JUNE 10: 27th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. Hosted by the U.S. Forest Service and Cascade Field & Stream Club. Lavender Lake, Registration 6:30am. Fishing 7am-10am. Free to kids 14 and under. No license required. Directions: The lake parallels I-90. Take Exit 74-West Nelson Siding Road. 509-852-1100 Ext. 1 • JUNE 10: Easton Ponds Fishing Derby. Free family fun. Registration 6am. Derby 7-9am. Four age groups with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd longest trout. Age groups are 6 and under, 7-12, 13-16, and 17 and over. Everyone is welcome. Directions: The ponds parallel I-90. Take Exit 71, Easton. Email: JUNE 10: Washington State Parks Free Day. Celebrating National Get Outdoors Day. No Discover Pass needed in any state park.

JUNE 3: Washington State Parks Free Day. No Discover Pass needed in any state park.

JUNE 10-11: Free Fishing Weekend. Wherever fishing is allowed in WA. No license required. Always the 1st weekend after the 1st Monday in June.

JUNE 3: 18th Annual Cruisin’ for Hospice Car Show. 10am-3pm, Pine St. in Downtown Ellensburg. Free to come see the cars. Raffle, Music, Food. To register your vehicle, call: 509-968-5117. Ask about our Fun Run on June 2. www.

JUNE 15: Rotary Club of Upper Kittitas County’s Annual Golf Event. Suncadia’s Prospector Golf Course. Games at all 18 holes, raffle and auction. Lunch and registration at 11am followed by a noon shotgun start.


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JUNE 16-18: Roslyn Vintage Trailer Rally. Roslyn’s Runje Field. Browse old school campers, trailers & RVs. Open house and swap meet Saturday, 10am-4pm. 206-779-2273 • Facebook Roslyn Vintage Trailer Rally

JUNE 29, 30: Boulet Productions presents the musical melodrama Adrift in New York by Robert Neil Porter and Jack Perry, directed by Jim Miller. Performances at 7pm. Matinees 2pm on July 2 & 4. Location: To be announced. Find Boulet Productions on Facebook

JULY 2017 JULY: Roslyn Farmers Market. Sundays thru Sept. 10. Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn. 10am-2pm. JULY 1-4: Pioneer Days Celebration. Wye Park at W. First St. and South Cle Elum Way. Street fair with vendors, grand parade Saturday 10am, fireman’s breakfast, aerial fireworks show. Find us on Facebook • 509-925-2002 JULY 1: Ronald Community Club’s Annual Heritage Festival Dinner & Dance. 5-9pm Live music & ethnic foods at Ronald’s Hawthorne Hall. Directions: Turn on Atlantic Ave from SR903, Ronald. Look for signs. 509-260-1294 JULY 1: Pioneer Days Queen’s Tea at Carpenter House Museum. Meet 2017 Pioneer Days Queen Tootsie Georgeson during the tea, immediately after the Pioneer Days Parade, 302 W. 3rd St., Cle Elum. 509-674-9766 JULY 1: Roslyn Riders Play Day. Sign up at Noon. Begins at 1pm Family horseback riding at club grounds off SR 903, 70 Martin Rd. 509-674-2008 • JULY 1-4: Boulet Productions presents the musical melodrama Adrift in New York by Robert Neil Porter and Jack Perry, directed by Jim Miller. Performances at 7pm. Matinees 2pm on July 2 & 4. Location: To be announced. Find Boulet Productions on Facebook JULY 2: Runner Stumbles 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, Kids Races. Start 9am at Dawson Park, Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum. Register at 509-304-4678

JULY 2: Cle Elum Kiwanis Youth Fishing Derby at Kiwanis Pond in Cle Elum. Registration 6:30am. Prizes for kids ages 1-16. Fishing 7-9am. Directions: From downtown Cle Elum take South Oakes Ave., go over the I-90 overpass then follow signs. 206-697-7230 • JULY 7-9: Canine Festival at Roslyn’s Runje Field. Family-friendly. Featured: DockDogs competing in events such as Big Air Wave, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve. Events begin 11am Friday, 9am Saturday and Sunday. Register your dog online with a visit to or at the festival. Vendors. Beer garden hosted by ARRF. Email: JULY 14: Cle Elum Hatchery’s Salmon Bake Potluck & Open House. Starts at Noon. You bring the potluck and the hatchery supplies salmon. Self-guided tours begin at 10am so come early or wait until after you eat to tour of the facility. Location: 800 Spring Chinook Way, Cle Elum. 509-674-3701 • Facebook Cle Elum Hatchery JULY 15: Life Support Dinner, Auction & Concert with the Countryfied Band. Doors open 5:30pm, Swiftwater Cellars Winery at Suncadia Master Resort. 509-260-0091 • JULY 15: Roslyn Croatian Community Picnic. 12:00 Noon. Roslyn City Park, 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Everyone Welcome. 509-649-2732 JULY 15: Third Annual Thorp Mill Antiques Market and Appraisals. 9am-5pm at Thorp School, 10831 N. Thorp Hwy. 509-964-9640 JULY 15-16: Relay For Life® of Kittitas County. Opens to the public at 8am on July 15 with a ceremonial start scheduled for Noon. Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, 2690 SR903. Call for info on this fundraiser, the spaghetti feed or Paint the Town Purple. 509-783-1574 JULY 22: Ellensburg Sprint Triathlon [Olympic and Sprint courses]. Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park. 8am start. Swim 0.25 miles, bike 12.3 miles, run 3.1 miles. JULY 22: Doggie Olympics. Roslyn’s Runje Park. Registration 9:30am. Events start 10am. 509-304-4805 • JULY 28-30: Cle Elum Roundup Rodeo at the Washington State Horse Park, 1202 Douglas Munro Blvd. in Cle Elum. Bareback, saddle bronc, team roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, breakaway, and barrel racing. JULY 28-30: Jazz in the Valley. Live music, food and festivities in downtown Ellensburg.

AUGUST 2017 AUGUST: Roslyn Farmers Market. Sundays thru Sept. 10. 10am-2pm. Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn. AUGUST 4-5: Roslyn Art Festival. Downtown Roslyn. Juried art show. Opening reception and wine tasting on Friday 7-9:30pm at Basecamp Books & Bites in Roslyn. Music, Artists-at-Work, Family Try-It stations. 509-649-2223 •

SEPTEMBER 1-4: Ellensburg Rodeo. One of America’s Top 10 professional rodeos. Parking entrance on Alder St., off University Way in Ellensburg. Held in conjunction with the Kittitas County Fair. Rockin’ the Arena Concert featuring Ned LeDoux & Zach Hinson on Thursday, Aug. 31. 800-637-2444 • SEPTEMBER 2 & 3: Roslyn’s Coal Miner Days Festival. Grand parade at Noon on Sunday. Downtown Roslyn.

AUGUST 11-13: Annual Suncadia Multisport Summer Festival. Features, among other events, Bart Yasso 5K, 15K trail run, Suncadia bicycle tour, and Summer Brewfest. Info & Registration:

SEPTEMBER 2 & 3: 7th Annual High Country Log Show. Runje Park, Roslyn. Competitors from all across the state bring their axes, chainsaws and logging skills for this Labor Day weekend event. Show begins 1pm both days. 509-674-8161 •

AUGUST 12: Kruisin’ Kittitas Burnouts & Car Show. 10am, Parade of Cars 2:30pm, burnouts follow the parade. I-90 Exit 115, Kittitas. 509-925-2002, •

SEPTEMBER 22-23: Buskers in the Burg Festival. Downtown Ellensburg. Most activities are free. Handmade puppet parade, musicians (buskers).

AUGUST 12: Roslyn Black Pioneers Picnic. Celebrate the upper county’s African American culture with food and music at Cle Elum City Park, 12:00 Noon. NOTE: Event always takes place the 2nd Saturday in August.

SEPTEMBER 30: Washington State Parks Free Day. Celebrating National Public Lands Day. No Discover Pass needed for any state park visit.

AUGUST 12: ARRF Animal Rescue’s Nibbles & Sips. Starts at 6pm. Chocolate & wine tasting at StoneHouse 101, Roslyn. 509-304-4805 •


AUGUST 19: Annual Cruise Cle Elum Car & Motorcycle Show. 10am-4pm. Downtown Cle Elum. AUGUST 25: Washington State Parks Free Day. Celebrating National Park Service’s 101st birthday. No Discover Pass needed in any state park. INFO: AUGUST 31 & SEPTEMBER 1-4: Kittitas County Fair. Kittitas County Fairgrounds, 901 E. 7th Ave., Ellensburg. 509-962-7639 •

SEPTEMBER 2017 SEPTEMBER: Roslyn Farmers Market. Sundays thru Sept. 10. Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn. 10am-2pm. SEPTEMBER 1-4 (ALSO, AUG. 31): Kittitas County Fair. Kittitas County Fairgrounds, 901 E. 7th Ave., Ellensburg. 509-962-7639 •

OCTOBER 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, U-Pick pumpkin patch. 10am-4pm, Huffman Farms, 6181 Wilson Creek Rd., Ellensburg. 509-899-2002 OCTOBER 6-8 Ellensburg Film Festival at various venues in Ellensburg. OCTOBER 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 Haunted Forest and Corn Maze. 7-10pm weather permitting. Huffman Farms, 6181 Wilson Creek Rd., Ellensburg. 509-899-2002 • OCTOBER 7: 21st Annual Manastash Metric Bike Ride. Starts at Mount Stuart Elementary School, 705 W. 15th Ave., Ellensburg. Metric century and half century ride thru Kittitas County. Registration 7:30-9am. 509-962-4311 • OCTOBER 14: 30th Annual Hunters Breakfast at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange. 8am-Noon. Held on opening day of deer season. 1361 Ballard Hill Rd., Cle Elum. 509-857-2580 • OCTOBER 21: Mountain Ale Festival in Roslyn. 1-5pm. Fifteen brewers from around the Pacific Northwest.

OCTOBER 29: ARRF Animal Rescue’s Paws on Parade. Registration 11:30am. Parade starts at noon at ARRF Animal Foster Care, 208 E. Dakota Ave. in Roslyn. Animals in costumes compete for prizes. 509-304-4805 • OCTOBER 31: Cle Elum’s Boo-Elum Halloween. 4:30pm children gather at North Pennsylvania Avenue in Cle Elum for a costume contest and a kids-in-costume parade, after which they Trick or Treat in the downtown district. Facebook Boo-Elum

NOVEMBER 2017 NOVEMBER 11: Washington State Parks Free Day. Celebrating Veterans Day. No Discover Pass needed in any state park.

JAN 2018: Bagna Caulda (garlic) Festival. Cle Elum Eagles Club, Cle Elum. 509-674-2385 • Facebook Cle Elum Eagles JAN 2018: Rotary Snow Machine FUNd Run. 425-651-3043 • JAN 2018: Iron Horse B&B Slip n’ Slide. Ski or snowshoe lengths of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, 526 Marie Avenue, South Cle Elum. 509-674-5939 FEB 2018: Spirit of the West. Ellensburg, downtown and at Kittitas Valley Event Center. 509-962-6246 • FEB 2018: Cascade Field & Stream Club’s Dinner & Auction. Putnam Centennial Center, Cle Elum. 509-670-1464 • FEB 2018: Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club’s Show. The Last Resort, 14254 Salmon La Sac Rd., Ronald.

NOVEMBER 11: 21st Grange Country Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale. 9am-2:30pm, Swauk-Teanaway Grange, 1361 Ballard Hill Rd., Cle Elum. 509-857-2580 •

MARCH 2018: Upper Kittitas County Easter Egg Hunts. Get the complete list from the NKC Tribune. 509-674-2511 • Email:

NOVEMBER 24: Washington State Parks Free Day. Celebrating autumn. No Discover Pass needed in any state park.

MARCH 2018: KXLE Home & Garden Expo. Kittitas County Fairgrounds, Ellensburg.

DECEMBER 2017 DECEMBER 1 & 6: Hospice Friends Tree of Love Luminary Ceremony & Reception. Dec. 1, 6pm, Ellensburg Library Plaza, and Dec. 6, 6pm, Cle Elum’s Putnam Centennial Center. 509-968-5117 DECEMBER 1: Roslyn Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting and Ugly Sweater Contest. DECEMBER 2: Christmas in Cle Elum. Parade of Lights, caroling, fire pits, music, bazaars in downtown Cle Elum. DECEMBER 3: Grange Community Christmas Dinner. 1-3pm. Free. Bring a potluck dish. Grange members provide turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and dessert. Swauk-Teanaway Grange, 1361 Ballard Hill Rd., Cle Elum.

PREVIEW 2018 JAN 2018: Annual Winterhop Brewfest. Downtown Ellensburg. 509-925-2002 •

MARCH 2018: Grange Chili Cook-off. Swauk-Teanaway Grange, Cle Elum. MARCH 2018: Annual Spittoon Boat Races & Nautical Ball. The Brick Saloon, Roslyn. MARCH 2018: Roslyn Student Art Walk. Downtown Roslyn. Find us on Facebook APRIL 2018: Central Washington Quilt Show. Kittitas Valley Fairgrounds, Ellensburg. APRIL 2018: Yakima Canyon River Run. Selah Civic Center, Selah. APRIL 2018: Junk-tiquen in the Burg. Kittitas County Fairgrounds, Ellensburg. 509-925-2002 • APRIL 2018: Iron Horse Motorcycle Poker Run & Show. 1518 University Way, Ellensburg. 2017-18 EXPLORE! Central Cascades


Local bands tune up for HarryStock June 3 Nine local bands HARRY NELSON, SHOWN here having fun on his mini drum kit, are closing down will be the man of the hour during Pennsylvania Ave. HarryStock in Cle Elum on June 3. in Cle Elum on Local bands and businesses have Saturday, June 3 come together to raise money for HarryStock, a to help him pay off medical block party fundbills accrued after a 2016 raiser to help out motorcycle crash. Mike Engelhart photo Harry Nelson, a drummer in one of the most popular bands in town called The Willies. Nelson is recovering from a 2016 motorcycle accident that required an airlift to Harborview Medical Center. Event organizer and The Willies band mate Mike Engelhart has set up this free event in conjunction with the local Eagles clubs and said there will be a beer garden, BBQ, auctions and a raffle from 3:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Performers will play on an outdoor stage and include Johnny Cash tribute band Rusty Cage, Gear Driver, Dezi Lang, Jumpin’ Johnny, The Nortons, Mr. E Band, Micah J, Rockslide and of course, The Willies as the headliner. Music will end at 10 p.m., but guests are welcome to head in to the Cle Elum Eagles Club at 220 N. Pennsylvania Ave. before, during or after the shows. Search ‘HarryStock 2017’ on Facebook for more information.


EASTON’S ANNUAL Memorial Day Celebration and Parade on May 27 is a must. This smalltown tradition features activities all day starting with a pancake breakfast, a motorcycle show and a car show, the Grand Parade and – usually some new creative surprise each year. A street fair and activities for children round out the fun. Directions: I-90 Exit 71 at Easton. INFO: EXPLORE! Central Cascades 2017-18

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VINTAGE TRAILER owners aren’t shy about decorating, one of the extras this event offers. Take a trip down memory lane June 16-18 at Runje Field in Roslyn; the event starts at 8am on Friday and ends at 12 noon on Sunday. Jim Fossett photo

Enjoy a quiet stroll through a family-friendly “neighborhood” when vintage trailer owners transform Roslyn’s Runje Field into a laid back hamlet of sorts, one with the relaxed ambience of a Sunday after-church gathering. Hospitality abounds. Trailer owners are more than willing to let you have a look around, and one thing is guaranteed: You’ll get an eyeful of pre-1970s antique trailers, truck campers, busses and all things with wheels made for camping. For more information on this year’s Rally, call 206-779-2273 or Facebook Roslyn Vintage Trailer Rally.


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Pick your pumpkin straight from the patch! Plus... Corn Maze • Jack’s Kid Zone • Hayrides Petting Zoo • Pumpkin Chucking Pony Hop Races • Duck Races • Gift Shop Farm-fresh food from the Silo Café

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THE FIRST EVER Roslyn Canine Festival on July 7-9 at Runje Field, will feature the Premier Canine Aquatic Competition, brought to you by Puget Sound DockDogs. This canine, crowdpleasing event is going viral around the world. For more info and event schedule times, visit


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Take a field trip with local bird watchers on a viewing Kittitas Audubon (KAS) is a chapter of National Audubon Society serving the communities of Kittitas County, WA, along the I-90 corridor from the Cascade summit at Snoqualmie Pass through the beautiful Kittitas Valley to the

Columbia River. KAS offers a monthly First Saturday BirdWalk whether there be rain, wind, snow, or sunshine. One need not know anything about birds or nature.Trip leaders and participants will eagerly provide the knowledge and an-

swer any questions. All you need is a pair of binoculars and to dress for the weather. Walking on uneven ground takes two-three hours. Meet at 8am at the parking lot to Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park (Ellensburg), located on Umptanum Road where the bridge crosses the Yakima River. Visit Kittitas or call Steve Moore at 509-933-1179 for more info on birding trips and guest speaker events.

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DOUG MOWBRAY rests and shows off his medal for being the first to finish the 35-mile Suncadia bicycle tour during the 2015 Suncadia Multisport Summer Festival. Erik Pague photo


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Plan a fun and fit 3-day weekend during Suncadia’s Multisport Summer Festival The third annual Suncadia Multisport Summer Festival will take place on Aug. 11-13 and organizers are saying the weekend promises lots of fun for fitness-minded visitors eager to run, walk and cycle in and around the resort property. “When you’re lucky enough to have Mother Nature right in your backyard and access to some of the best outdoor hiking and biking trails it just makes sense to have a weekend where people can enjoy it to the fullest,” said Suncadia marketing director Katie Sheppard. Events include a 25-mile cycling tour of Suncadia, a kids duathlon, a full and half marathon, a 15k trail run and the Bart Yasso 5k, named after an esteemed runner who will be emceeing the weekend. If all the activity gets you pooped, swing by the Nelson Dairy Farm for live country music, a Summer Brewfest and the Active Expo. Visit to get more information and register for one or more of the events.


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Saddle up for fun at the Cle Elum Roundup The Cle Elum Roundup Association [CERA] hosts its fourth annual rodeo at the Washington State Horse Park on July 28-30. Events include bareback and saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, breakaway, barrel racing and Mutton Bustin’ for kids. Patrons of the event enjoy a grand entrance ceremony, a beer garden, a grand variety of concessions, cowboy church and live music. Come visit the 2017 Royal Court – Miss Cle Elum Roundup Klarissa Hilkey, Junior Miss Cle Elum Roundup Chloe Brown, and Little Miss Cle Elum Roundup Madeline Meyer. For tickets and a complete schedule of events, visit The Washington State Horse Park is located on Munro Boulevard, accessible from West First Street in Cle Elum.

CLE ELUM’S Washington State Horse Park hosts KICK IT UP June 3-4, a family-friendly, horse lover’s event with demonstrations, clinics, concessionaires, activities for children, and opportunities to get up close and personal with horses of many breeds. Check out this guide’s calendar of events. Jim Fossett photo

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Immerse yourself in local art Champions of the arts in upper Kittitas County continue to transform Roslyn into a haven for artists and art lovers, highlighted by the Aug. 4-5 Annual Roslyn Art Festival, a juried art show opening Friday evening at Basecamp Books and Bites in downtown Roslyn. The event features music, Artists-at-Work, Family Try-It stations and a host of creative work displayed by local artists. For more info call 509-649-2223 or visit

High Country Log Show returns for seventh year

Roslyn’s High Country Log Show is entering its 7th year of bringing timber sports to the people and lumberjacks from all across the state plan to show off their skills at Runje Park on Labor Day Weekend, September 2-3. You’ll see competitions like axe throwing, speed climbing races, chainsaw obstacle courses and demonstrations showing off custom made and tuned up chainsaws that take only seconds to cut through a round. Each year, the event recognizes a Bull of the Woods. This local is given a throne carved by a chainsaw and honored for their career in and around the logging industry in the Central Cascades. The show is free to attend and you can get more information at

HIGH COUNTRY LOG SHOW competitors test their skills against each other in the obstacle pole buck, one of over a dozen competitions held in Roslyn over Labor Day Weekend. Erik Pague photo


The Telephone Museum in Cle Elum turns 50 in 2017. Courtesy Telephone Museum

Popular attractions like a farmer’s market, museums, a salmon hatchery, horse park, barn quilt tour, wind turbine tours and more offer a good variety of family-friendly things to do.

Cle Elum’s Telephone Museum turns 50 in 2017 This year is a special one for this city’s Telephone Museum, located at 221 E. First St. Cle Elum was one of the last cities in the country to use a manual telephone switchboard. In September of 1966 the Cle Elum Historical Telephone Museum was established when Pacific Northwest Bell deeded its building to the Northern Kittitas County Historical Society for a museum. It is now the oldest complete telephone museum west of the Mississippi, with displays covering the history of telephone technology from 1901 to 1970. In addition to the telephone displays, the museum features a collection of coalmine artifacts donated by local miners, and a selection of memorabilia from Cle Elum State Bank, built in 1906 by Frank Carpenter and run under his direction for over 50 years. The museum is open daily May through September from noon-4pm (with some exceptions). For a closer look visit 2017-18 EXPLORE! Central Cascades


Walk into the past Upper County Cemeteries – You can see and feel the history

DICK WATTS is one of the champions of Roslyn’s many cemeteries. He has donated countless hours of his time to fundraise and restore them. Watts shown here inspecting a walled plot that’s on his radar for a little help. Jim Fossett Photo

DIRECTIONS: ROSLYN CEMETERY: From Cle Elum – Go northwest on highway 903, continuing another mile after the round-about until you reach Pennsylvania Ave., the major intersection in Roslyn. Turn left on Pennsylvania Ave. heading west past the Roslyn Museum and up the hill merging into Fifth Street. Turn left onto Memorial Drive and enter the lower section. LAUREL HILL MEMORIAL PARK: Cemetery is located on Douglas Munro Boulevard, the same thruway leading to the Washington State Horse Park. From Eastbound I-90 – Cle Elum Exit 84, turn left after the Warrior Quick Stop station (on the left) onto Douglas Munro Blvd, turn left at stop sign, follow to the entrance of Laurel Hill Cemetery. From Westbound I-90 – Cle Elum Exit 84, turn right onto S. Oakes Ave, at first stoplight turn left onto First St., continue up the hill past second stoplight. Pass Safeway on the left, turn right just before the Warrior Quick Stop station onto Douglas Munro Blvd, then same as above. GREENWOOD HISTORICAL CEMETERY: Cemetery is at 1150 Westside Road, about 0.8 miles from South Cle Elum’s Iron Horse Bed & Breakfast. The address is marked with a small blue sign bearing the number 1150. The sign is tacked on a tree on the left hand side of the road. Take a left there onto a gravel road and before you get to a green gate, you’ll see the giant, wooden cemetery sign to your left.


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GREENWOOD CEMETERY promises to provide surviving families and history buffs with engaging leads for stories, as the markings on this headstone illustrate. Courtesy of Cascade Funeral Home

Roslyn Cemetery Roslyn Cemetery, nestled in the hills above Roslyn, is a reflection of the rich ethnic mix of people who settled in the region beginning around 1886. Clustered serenely on 15 acres of woods and hills, the cemetery is actually a collection of 26 separate cemeteries. Since 1887 the land was donated by or was purchased from the Northern Pacific by fraternal ethnic and civic organizations for burial of their deceased members. At least 24 nationalities are represented by nearly 5,000 graves. The cemeteries were listed on the National Historic Register in 1978. In recent years volunteers have expended thousands of hours to main-

AT ROSLYN CEMETERY the soul of William Anderson rests. He is one of the original prospectors credited with the discovery of the Roslyn coal vein. Inside the fence under the two trees (right) is a small rock engraved with his initials (above). Roslyn Cemetery attracts visitors from all over the world. It is actually a collection of 26 unique cemeteries reflecting the rich ethnic mix of immigrants who settled in Roslyn. Jim Fossett Photos

tain and beautify the grounds, and with the use of ground radar are today still discovering souls resting in unmarked graves. Laurel Hill & Greenwood Cemeteries Cle Elum’s Laurel Hill Memorial Park is the resting place of Douglas A. Munro, the U.S. Coast Guard’s only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. South Cle Elum’s Greenwood Historical Cemetery, an early 1900s sanctuary, was completely overgrown and hidden from sight until November 2016 when groups of volunteers resurrected it. Their effort revealed 20 headstones.

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The Washington State Horse Park in Cle Elum is a 112-acre mecca for the 30,000 observers and equestrians and support crews who enjoy 30-plus events in-season. Most of them are free of charge to spectators. Disciplines include English and Western, and before the season ends the Park will have welcomed over 2,500 horses hailing from a broad range of breeds — truly an eyeful for every member of the family. Events include dressage, jumping, cross-country, a variety of clinics, a monthly chuck wagon cookout and a Wild West rodeo. Connecting-trails to 100acres of open space expand the park into a day rider’s dream. Stalls and hookups for overnights in RV’s (reservations needed), hot showers as well as free dry camping are available. The 2017 season opened April 8. For this year’s calendar and more information, visit:


1202 Munro Boulevard in Cle Elum From I90 Eastbound - Take Exit 84; after exit ramp take first left onto Douglas Munro Blvd., stay on this road as it quickly turns left and proceed 0.7 miles past cemetery to entrance to the Horse Park. From I90 Westbound - Take Exit 84; at end of exit ramp turn right onto Oakes Ave., proceed 0.5 miles to light; make left onto W. First St. and continue 0.7 miles; make right onto Douglas Munro Blvd., stay on this road as it quickly turns left and proceed 0.7 miles past cemetery to entrance to the Horse Park. 2017-18 EXPLORE! Central Cascades


Roslyn Farmers Market Fills the Summer with Fresh Tastes, Sights & Sounds

Travel the Kittitas County Barn Quilt Trail Traveling along the back roads of Kittitas County you’ll find over 100 barns and other significant buildings [some dating back over a century] decorated with large, painted wooden quilt blocks – often inspired by a family heirloom quilt. The collection comprises one of the county’s most popular trails. A trail map is available at Chamber of Commerce visitor centers in Ellensburg and Cle Elum and at local museums. A bio on each site gives those taking this self-guided driving tour a glimpse into the significance of the chosen quilt block. The map also provides a look at area events, the names of the 24 volunteers who helped hang the quilts, names of sponsors and a list of historical buildings in the region with photographs of each. All totaled, to prepare and hang over 100 quilts and produce the map for this grass-roots folk-art project, volunteers donated over 12,000 hours of their time. For more info visit

The Roslyn Farmers Market opens every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting June 11 through Sept. 10. The highlight of a farmers market is the big variety of goods on hand. Roslyn’s vendors offer up an ever changing selection of fresh produce, foods, crafts, soaps, lotions and more – you’ll just have to swing by to find out exactly what’s in store. It also features performers and live music acts, including a local favorite jazz band called Blue Café on July 2, a Zimbabwean music showcase on July 16 and one-man-band Brian Ernst on Aug. 6, to name a few. In its fifth year, “The market is almost completely volunteer run by Roslyn residents,” market spokesperson Sky Stahl said.“We are working to make it the best market in Washington. Indeed, we get many people that tell us it’s the best market they’ve ever been to.We’re all really excited for the 2017 season.” Visit for more information. If finding parking near the market gets challenging, we recommend finding a space at nearby Runje Field along Montana Avenue or behind the Roslyn Theater – easily located thanks to the Marlon Brando mural on the back of the building. Also, make sure to remove your vehicles from Pennsylvania Avenue each Sunday morning before the market sets up to avoid having your car towed!


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Puget Sound Energy [PSE] took advantage of the prevailing winds in Kittitas County by building the second largest windfarm in the state, located between Kittitas and Vantage in the hills above Vantage Highway. The Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility isn’t just massive in scale with the capacity to generate 273MW, but it’s also unique in that it hosts Courtesy Puget Sound Energy tours and other recreational activities between April 1 and Nov. 15. Special tours during the winter months are available by calling 509-925-3131. Annually the facility welcomes over 18,000 visitors. The tour gives you an up close and personal look at the 221-foot high, 104ton towers. You’ll walk inside one during the daily tour for a peek at internal components. Besides tours, PSE offers special events. The company also grants written permission to hike, bird watch, ride horses and take part in other recreational activities. For more information visit


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Central Cascades are drenched in history Pretty much everywhere you turn on a trip to the Central Cascades can provide a glimpse into the rich history of the pioneers who came here to build a new life and the communities that still flourish. You just have to know where to look and the following should give you a push in the right direction. There are a variety of museums and locations that show how coal miners, railroads, loggers and everyday people came together to build their new home.

FORMER coalminer Ed Wakkuri of Cle Elum provided this explanation of the coal cars you see in this photo, outside Roslyn Museum, 203 West Pennsylvania Avenue in Roslyn: “Cars with seats were used to transport miners up and down the main slope of the mine. This was known as the ‘man trip.’ Branching off the main slope were entries 650 feet apart. No. 9 Mine had four such entries. Every entry had an east and west side off the main slope. At the level where he was going to work, the miner would transfer to a coal car pulled by an electric trolley motor that would take him into the area of his work. At the end of the day the miner would ride out to the main slope in a coal car, then board the man trip to ride up the slope.”

• The Cascade Association of Museums and History can provide a free brochure that can help you dig into Kittitas County’s rich history on its website at • Carpenter House Museum & Art Gallery lets visitors tour the home of the Carpenter family, which provided Cle Elum with one of its mayors and a successful banker.


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• Roslyn Museum is at 203 W. Pennsylvania Ave. and features a wealth of information, artifacts and photographs from the town’s early days, when coal was king. Call 509649-2355 or visit for more information. • Douglas Munro Memorial is a site in Cle Elum’s Laurel Hill Memorial Park cemetery paying tribute to Munro, a WWII hero and the Coast Guard’s lone Medal of Honor recipient who called Cle Elum home before joining the war effort. The cemetery is located at 119 W. First St. • Kittitas County Historical Museum, in Ellensburg, covers all the county’s history from farming to coal mining and rodeos to Native American culture, making it the most comprehensive collection available. 114 E. 3rd Ave. Call 509925-3778 or visit for more information. • Roslyn Cemetery is the resting place for families from the wide variety of ethnicities that came to Roslyn over the centuries. It’s located on Memorial Road south of Roslyn by taking 5th Street. • Roslyn-Ronald-Cle Elum Heritage Club works hard to preserve the community’s historical and ethnic heritage. Visit roslynronald- for more information. • South Cle Elum Depot preserves the Milwaukee Railroad’s history and tells the story of how railroads helped shape the community. Take a walking tour of the rail yard and the original substation at 801 Milwaukee Road. Visit for more information. • Cle Elum Historical Telephone Museum gives visitors a look at communications technology before the days of satellites and smartphones. 221 E. 1st St. Visit for more info. • Thorp Mill was built in the 1880s and is preserved today to give tourists a view of a building that helped farming in the area thrive. Visit for more information. • Kittitas County Genealogical Society is located at 413 N. Main St. in Ellensburg and offers research help along with a collection of documents and photos.

Libraries • Roslyn Public Library: 201 S. 1st St. More info at or 509-649-3420. • Carpenter Memorial Library: 302 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Call 509-

674-2313 or visit • Ellensburg Library: 209 N. Ruby St. Call 509-962-7250 or visit • Central Washington University Digital Library: Call 509-9631021 or visit • Central Washington University James E. Brooks Library and Archive: Corner of Wildcat Way and Dean Nicholson Boulevard. Call 509-963-1021 or visit

Historical Buildings Cle Elum alone has almost 20 buildings on the historical register and there are many more to be found throughout the county. Plaques are displayed at these sites that provide a brief history of the building and provide a good reason to walk about town. The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center can provide a list of these buildings and their locations by calling 509-674-6880, visiting or visiting the office at 312 W. 1st St. Historic buildings include Cavallini’s, Glondo’s Sausage Company, Vogue Theater, Carpenter House, Pacific Telephone & Telegraph, the Bull Durham Building and more.


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Grab your day pack for some great outdoor recreation adventures – jump into the cool mountain waterways, traverse the hundreds of miles of trails or camp the night away under the bright stars.

Washington State Parks events planned all summer Your Discover Pass is not only your ticket into any one of the five state parks in Kittitas County, it’s also your ticket to their warm weather events and activities. In Easton, at Lake Easton State Park it’s the Campground Program at 6pm nightly, July 7-9 and 21-23, August 11-3 and 25-27. In Ellensburg, at Olmstead Place State Park historical tours are the thing on Saturdays and Sundays, May 27-Sept. 3, noon-4pm. Eastward near Vantage, Gingko Petrified Forest State Park has an Interpretive Center and Museum open 11am to 6pm Friday thru Sunday, Apr. 1-May 15 and Sept. 16-Oct. 31. May

16-Sept. 15 the facility is open seven days a week. Tours of the fossil fields are available May 27-Sept. 3, Thursdays through Mondays, between 11am and 3pm. Also near Vantage the Wanapum Recreation Area offers its own Campground Program at 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, July 1-2, Aug. 4-6 and Sept. 1-3. In Yakima, the Yakima Sportsman State Park offers a Campground Program at 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 14-16, July 28-30 and Aug. 18-20. For more information and list of activities call 509-925-1943 or check the following websites:

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Take in nature on the many nearby trails The Central Cascade Mountains are widely known for a sprawling system of trails, easily accessible from all the towns. Here’s a nice primer to get you up to speed on the most popular ones. First off, be sure to visit, the Washington Trails Association website that provides a valuable resource to get you started on an adventure. Once you’re in town, be sure to visit or call the US Forest Service Cle Elum Ranger station at 803 W. 2nd St. in Cle Elum. Their number is 509-852-1012. They’ll have maps and the latest information to help you hit the trails safely. COAL MINES TRAIL: The historic Coal Mines Trail is easily accessible from Roslyn or Cle Elum. The 4.7mile flat path was once used by coal miners to get to work and back home so it became a crucial piece in helping the upper county grow. The trail is perfect for walking the dog, riding horses, jogging, cross

country skiing and more. The City of Cle Elum, the Coal Mines Trail Commission and Kittitas County Parks and Recreation District is in the process of building a park at the Cle Elum side’s trailhead on Stafford Street, which will provide a staging area for trail users or even space for a simple picnic. The park is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2017. LAKE INGALLS TRAIL: The Stuart Range serves as the backdrop of this trail, and with a 2,500 feet gain over an approximately 9-mile loop, it provides a moderate challenge. It begins in Teanaway, covers a nice variety of ecosystems on the way to the lake and provides great views no matter what season. Get to it by taking SR-970 east from Cle Elum, turn left onto Teanaway Road and follow that until the pavement ends. The road becomes North Fork Teanaway Road and you’ll follow that until taking the right fork after 29

Pines campground. The road will become FR 9737 and you’ll take a left shortly and at the third fork, stay left then take the road at the right fork just past Beverly Campground. A Northwest Forest Pass is required and camping at Lake Ingalls is prohibited. PACIFIC CREST TRAIL SECTION J: This is a long, 75mile thru-hike trail that seems to go up and up from the trailhead located just off I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass. This one’s intended for experienced hikers and WTA recommends grabbing at least a map from the Pacific Crest Trail Assoc. ( Those up for the challenge will be rewarded with the scenic views of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness between Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass. A Northwest Forest Pass is required; you can get to it by taking exit 52, heading north to cross under the freeway and taking a right turn in about 100 yards to the Pacific Crest Trail trailhead. CONTINUED ON PAGE 43


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SOUTH CLE ELUM DEPOT INTERPRETIVE TRAIL:This one is easily accessible and provides a quick history lesson on how the railroad industry helped build South Cle Elum and the surrounding communities. There are 18 stops that provide information on the Milwaukee Railroad Depot and the ADA-accessible trail begins at 801 Milwaukee Rd. in the southwest corner of South Cle Elum.


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Exploring a Fishing and Hunting paradise Drawing fishermen from all over the world, Kittitas County is home to 25 named lakes, 13 named rivers and countless cold-water mountain streams and spring-fed ponds. The county’s 214mile run of the Yakima River and its tributaries feed the mighty Columbia making for a sport fishing capitol governed by Coho, Sockeye and Spring Chinook salmon, steelhead, bass, sturgeon, sunfish, carp, walleye and a dozen species of trout. LICENSES AND REGULATIONS Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) publishes rules, regulations and license applications online at Kids 14 and younger don’t need a fishing license in Washington. FREE FISHING WEEKEND This year the free fishing weekend in Washington is Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, wherever

fishing is allowed. No license is required. Every year, the free weekend is always on the first weekend after the first Monday in June. FISHING DERBIES FOR KIDS • Cle Elum Kiwanians host their children’s derby at Kiwanis Ponds, off South Oakes Ave. in Cle Elum on Sunday, July 2, with a 6:30-7am registration. Information: 206-697-7230. • Cascade Field & Stream and U.S. Forest Service host a children’s derby at Lavender Lake on Saturday, June 10, with a 6:30am registration. From Cle Elum take Exit 74-West Nelson Siding Rd. Turn right onto Cresto Rd. Info: 509-852-1100. • Easton Snomads host the June 10 Easton Ponds Fishing Derby. Free family fun. Registration 6am; Derby 7-9am. There are four age groups with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd longest trout. Direc-

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tions: The ponds parallel I-90. Take Exit 71-Easton. Information: Online directory of lakes in Kittitas County MAPS AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE U.S. Forest Service-Cle Elum Ranger District, 802 W. Second St., and Kittitas County Chamber Visitors Center in Cle Elum, 312 W. First St. Local hunters say they prefer the Manastash, Taneum, Lake Cle Elum and Liberty-Naneum regions for hunting quail, turkey, elk, deer, bear and cougar. No access to a computer? Licenses can be purchased at many area businesses in Cle Elum and Ellensburg. With a Discover Pass and a fishing license you can fish from the riverbank at the boat ramp located just east of Cle Elum, right-hand side. Entrance to the ramp is immediately before the right hand turnoff to SR10.


Watercraft launch sites To get started on your search for boat ramps, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) published an easy-to-use finder at water_access. The website details WDFW ramps, amenities and regulations. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll see on the site:

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Gingko State Park COLUMBIA RIVER – To get to this boat launch, from I-90 take Exit 136-Vantage. Drive north a mile on Vantage Highway, turn right on the unmarked paved road and drive a mile to the end of the road. INFO: 509-856-2700.

Lake Easton To get to Lake Easton State Park boat launch, from I-90 take Exit 70-Easton or 71Easton. INFO: 509-656-2230.

Lake Kachess (reservoir) This is U.S. Forest Service Campground Boat Ramp (#791). Directions: From I-90 take Exit 62-Stampede Pass/Lake Kachess and drive 5.5 miles to the campground.

Lake Keechelus (reservoir) This is U.S. Forest Service Boat Ramp (#790). Directions: from I-90 take Exit 54-Hyak. Drive south toward the ski area to the stop sign. Take a left toward the Washington State Dept. of Transportation facility and then follow the road 1.5 miles to the ramp.

Lake Cle Elum (reservoir) This is the U.S. Forest Service boat launch at Wish Poosh Campground. Although the campground is closed for 2017, day use of the boat ramp remains available. Directions: Take Salmon La Sac Hwy. (SR903) through Roslyn/Ronald and along the east side of Lake Cle Elum. Watch for Wish Poosh Campground sign on left. A second water access point on the lake is the U.S. Forest Service boat launch at Speelyi Beach. Directions: Follow Salmon La Sac Hwy. (SR903) through Roslyn/Ronald. Turn left on Lake Cabins Rd. and follow to the beach.

Cooper Lake The lake has one launch site, the U.S. Forest Service Boat Ramp (#802) at Cooper Lake Campground. Directions: Pick up Salmon La Sac Highway (SR903) and drive past Lake Cle Elum. Watch for signs to Cooper Lake at the left-hand turnoff for the bridge over Cle Elum River. Cooper is a primitive lake for non-motorized watercraft. 2017-18 EXPLORE! Central Cascades

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Rocky valleys and hills a perfect backdrop for mountain biking adventures It just so happens the layout of the geography here in the Central Cascades and the northern end of Kittitas County provides that perfect blend of gravity and nature that downhill mountain bikers love and we’re all fortunate for that. “I’ve done enough traveling to say that Kittitas County area is as good as any place I’ve gone,” local mountain biking enthusiast and youth racing team coach John DeWitt said at a Roslyn bike race held in May 2017.“It offers a great variety.You’ve got your endurance side of it, the climbing side, some really cool and rowdy downhill stuff.” Mountain biking enthusiasts have taken notice. There are usually a handful of massive mountain biking events in Roslyn each year and groups of dedicated locals have committed time and resources into a few big projects.Those events and groups are organized by the Washington Student Cycling League (, Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company ( and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance ( Construction at the Mountain Bike Park at City Heights in Cle Elum is underway along with work on the Rat Pac Trail, both providing a variety of challenges for experienced or novice riders. Rat Pac is accessible behind Roslyn City Hall by taking Whitehead Road east then north up the trail on Old No. 5 Road to Main Ridge Road where signs will help you find the start of the course. The park is off Summit View Rd. on the northern ridge above Cle Elum. Take N. Stafford Ave. up the hill and take the first right onto Reed St. then turn left onto 6th Street. Summit View will be the next right in a few hundred feet.


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Best of Thai Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 20 Carek’s Meat Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 21 Cottage Cafe & Fireside Lounge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 22 Eats ‘N Sleeps Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CENTRAL CASCADES 18-19 Gunnar’s Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 17 Gunnar’s Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 17 Gunnar’s Produce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 17 Orchard Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 22 Owens Meats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 20 Roslyn Candy Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 31 Roslyn Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 28 Smokey’s Bar-B-Que . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SOUTH CLE ELUM 22 Thorp Fruit & Antique Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .THORP 13 Turnout Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 17

Carpenter Historical Home & Art Gallery . . . .CLE ELUM 37 Comanche Pawnee Mining Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 52 Dragonwood Equine Facility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 47 High Country Outfitters & Camp Wahoo . . . . .CLE ELUM 43 Huffman Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch . . . .ELLENSBURG 30 Motor Toys Tours & Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 21 Recreational Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CENTRAL CASCADES 44-45 Roslyn Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 28 Telephone Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 37 Three Peaks Outfitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 42 Washington State Horse Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 33



All Seasons Vacation Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 20 Campgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CENTRAL CASCADES 48 Eats ‘N Sleeps Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CENTRAL CASCADES 18-19 Silver Ridge Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .EASTON 22 Spruce Moose Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 21 Suncadia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 29 Yur Time Vacation Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 31

EVENTS Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CENTRAL CASCADES 26-27 Carpenter Historical Home & Art Gallery . . . .CLE ELUM 37 Coal Miner Days Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 30 Ellensburg Rodeo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG 32 Jazz in the Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG 31 KC Chamber (Visitors Center) . . . .CLE ELUM & ELLENSBURG 9 Life Support Dinner/Auction . . . . . .UPPER KITTITAS COUNTY 34 Roslyn Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 28

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Cannabis Superstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 5 Cle Elum Farm & Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 46 Comanche Pawnee Mining Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 43 Fitterer’s Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG 49 Kelleher Motor Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG 49 Kitchensink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 15 Mac-A-Bee Gifts of the Southwest . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 21 Motor Toys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 21 Mountain Auto Parts - NAPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 14 Mountain Elegance Home Furnishing . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 23 Northern Kittitas County Tribune . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 51 Thorp Fruit & Antique Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .THORP 13 Tribune Office Supply & Printing . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 6, 42 Willette’s Service & Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 6 Yarn Folk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG 15

REAL ESTATE John L. Scott Real Estate – Kim Lohnes . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 2 Suncadia Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 29

7-10 Visitor Info

11-15 Places

25-34 Events

THERE ARE THREE BUFFALO RANCHES in Kittitas County. Editor’s choice: Swauk Prairie Ranch in Cle Elum, because you can observe the herd from your car. Take SR970 eastward from downtown Cle Elum. Drive about six miles and take a left on Swauk Prairie Road. This road parallels the ranch’s fence line providing a clear view of the herd. Jim Fossett photo

SERVICES & ORGANIZATIONS Church Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CENTRAL CASCADES 10 Cle Elum-Roslyn School District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 12 Cottage Car Wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 22 C.W. Barbershop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG 14 Dragonwood’s Horse2Human, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 47 Gunnar’s Floral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 17 Gunnar’s Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 17 Kelleher Motor Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG 49 KC Chamber (Visitors Center) . . . .CLE ELUM & ELLENSBURG 9 KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 3 KVH Urgent Care – Cle Elum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 3 Life Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .UPPER KITTITAS COUNTY 34 Northern Kittitas Co. Historical Society . . . . . .CLE ELUM 37 Northern Kittitas County Tribune . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 51 Paradise Mountain Log Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 15 Sanelli Insurance Group Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 39 Tribune Office Supply & Printing . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 6, 42 Washington State Horse Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 33 Willette’s Service & Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 6 Winning Foundations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 6

18-19 Eats ’N Sleeps

35-40 Attractions

41-48 Recreation

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