Located on the “dry” side of the Cascade Mountains, tour the outstanding beauty and limitless recreational opportunities surrounding Rimrock and Clear Lakes. Extend your time along this lakeshore drive with year-round options for outdoor fun.
This journey begins at the intersection of US Highway 12 and Tieton Reservoir Road, about 27 miles east of Packwood and 31 miles west of Naches.
Clear Lake CampgroundsBeautiful in the spring and summer months, Clear Lake North Campground sits nestled in a forested area on the North Fork Tieton River between Rimrock and Clear Lakes. It is an ideal location for fishing – rainbow trout is stocked regularly each summer. On those warm summer days take a dip in its refreshing waters, or set off on one of the many nearby hiking trails.
Clear Lake Day Use Site
Stop at the Clear Lake Day Use Site and explore the wonder of the wilderness. Stroll the trails leading to many viewing stations along the lake. Watch the water for rainbow and brook trout as well as cutthroat and bull trout and be on the lookout for the many species of waterfowl including ring-necked ducks and osprey that use these wetland areas. Take a walk amongst the forest and search for wildflowers.
Round Mountain Trailhead
Up, up, and away! Hike to the top of Round Mountain through forests of fir and pine. Take in the views of Rimrock Lake and Clear Lake far below. The route ascends through forests of ponderosa pine, western white pine, western hemlock and Douglas fir. Soon Clear Lake and Rimrock Lake come into view far below. After 1.4 miles, the trail continues along an abandoned roadbed. Climbing steadily further you reach the junction with Round Mountain Lookout Trail.
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