Hawkins Mountain Trail

Roslyn, Washington (Kittitas County)

Last Updated: 06/20/2021
5 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlight: Hawkins Mountain Trail
The Hawkins Mountain Trail is a spur trail that starts at Gallagher Lake at the end of the Fortune Creek Trail. This trail was cut up into the upper reaches of Hawkins Mountain at the turn of the century by miners looking for gold and silver. You can still see pilings along this trail leftover from the mining operations. The trail is short but very steep and might present some challenges to vehicles with stock tires. For those brave enough is a reward with some of the most spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The Wind Turbines on I-90 can be seen 60 miles away on a clear day. The trail winds up the mountain with some twists and turns and gut-wrenching hill climbs not for the faint of heart. There are some high mountain meadows that are alive with spring flowers. Please stay on the trail and out of the meadows.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead for this trail is about 1/4 mile past Gallagher Lake on the Fortune Creek Trail. It is marked with the ​sign "304".

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Roslyn, Washington

From I-90 take exit 80 to the town of Roslyn, WA. Head north on highway 903. This highway parallels Cle Elum Lake for many miles. At 13.6 miles make sure to slow down as the highway turns into the Cayuse Campground. Drive through the campground and there will be a historic log cabin on the right. This is a great spot to air down and disconnect the sway bars. There are also vault toilet facilities at this location. At mile marker 13.7 turn right onto NF-4330. At mile marker 20.0 you can take a right off NF-4330 and onto Fortune Creek Trail (4W301). Another way to bypass most of the Fortune Creek Trail is to continue on NF-4330 about a mile to FS 4330-170. Turn right and continue about 6 miles to Waypoint 6 on the Fortune Creek Trail.

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Michael Graham

Mapping Crew - Washington

Michael Graham is retired from the U.S. Army as an Infantry First Sergeant with 23 years of service. He did a tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He presently owns a Process Service Company in Tacoma. He is originally from Upstate New York but after being stationed in Washington knew immediately that this part of the county felt like home. He had a Jeep CJ5 as his first 4x4 but back in the 80's there wasn't a lot of hype and add-on parts as there are today. Building your rig is half the fun, making it your own style. He has actually found it to be an addiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, in the Tacoma / Puyallup area and loves the sport of "wheeling" which allows access to so much more than a hiking trailhead. He enjoys organized rides and poker runs and the freedom and exploration this sport allows. Finding this website and authoring trail write-ups has really enhanced this sport for him. If you are new to the sport or just looking for someone to show you the trails he would love to hear from you.
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