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PostWed May 17, 2017 3:18 pm 
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Does anyone by chance know about conditions on Cle Elum Valley Rd?

Thanks!
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PostWed May 17, 2017 4:09 pm 
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11 days ago it was snow-free for the first 2 miles. It was drivable in a high clearance truck to 2.5 miles. After that, it was still snowmobile and serious 4x4 territory. It's been cold out here lately and we've had some new snowfall, so I don't think there has been a significant change since then.
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PostWed May 17, 2017 4:19 pm 
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Thanks!!
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PostThu May 18, 2017 6:18 pm 
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Those mileages must be starting from Salmon La Sac?  There was a recent trip report from Waptus River indicating it was snow free for the first few miles.
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PostThu May 18, 2017 8:06 pm 
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Ok, I LIVE There and I'm embarrassed to say,,,,,,,,, what is the Cle Elum Valley road?

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PostThu May 18, 2017 8:24 pm 
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Backpacker Joe wrote:
Ok, I LIVE There and I'm embarrassed to say,,,,,,,,, what is the Cle Elum Valley road?

The road leading to the Deception Pass TH, Cathedral Pass TH, Tucquala Lake, etc.
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PostThu May 18, 2017 9:13 pm 
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Foist wrote:
Those mileages must be starting from Salmon La Sac?  There was a recent trip report from Waptus River indicating it was snow free for the first few miles.

I just glanced over that report and they don't mention going up Cle Elum Valley road. I don't know much about the Wapus River trail but a quick Google search shows the trailhead being at the end of Salmon La Sac Road, which has been snow-free for quite some time.
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PostThu May 18, 2017 9:31 pm 
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You mean once you leave the pavement it's the Cle Elum Valley road????

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PostThu May 18, 2017 9:38 pm 
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Backpacker Joe wrote:
You mean once you leave the pavement it's the Cle Elum Valley road????

Where the road forks, just after the horse camp and before the bridge. The right fork is Cle Elum Valley road (NF-4330).
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PostFri May 19, 2017 5:06 am 
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The road that goes to the Hyas lake parking lot?  Strange.

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PostFri May 19, 2017 10:14 am 
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It's actually officially called Fish Lake road, not "Cle Elum valley" road.
Although interestingly, I now see that Google Maps calls it "Cle Elum Valley drive."  But the FS calls it Fish Lake road.  They are both confusing; Fish Lake is also called Tucquala Lake(s), and the Cle Elum Valley stretches all the way from Hyas Lake down to the city of Cle Elum.
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PostFri May 19, 2017 11:05 am 
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Foist wrote:
It's actually officially called Fish Lake road, not "Cle Elum valley" road.

Officially it is NF-4330. On maps I've only seen it named as that or Cle Elum Valley road.
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PostFri May 19, 2017 11:36 am 
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...let me guess, Robin & Tuck lake?... will be popular place this year.

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PostMon May 22, 2017 6:09 pm 
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Cooper Lake Rd.:  As of yesterday, Sunday, 21.05., once could motor to within about 2 miles of the bridge at the  outlet.  Your mileage may vary.  Meltin' fast.

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PostTue May 23, 2017 8:28 am 
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While we are talking about NF 4330, there's this pic from last Fall by BPG.  Does anyone know if the mudhole/bog across across NF 4330 situated beyond Scatter Creek ford and before the Paddy Go Pass TH has been filled in or repaired? ~z

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