Central Washington

Rock Hounding

First Creek Trail is just northwest of Ellensburg and is rich in minerals. The trail is closed to motorized use October 15 through June 15 annually.

Crystals and Agate have been reported at Lion Rock. This area is bounded by Table Mountain to the east and the upper reaches of First Creek, Boulder Creek, Cougar Gulch and ridges to the west, the upper Swauk Creek to the north and Garrison Springs to the south.

This is a primitive campground with few amenities. Among the things you can do in the vicinity of Lion Rock Spring Campground are swimming, fishing, whitewater paddling, and hiking.

The ridge is a gently rolling basalt plateau, running for 50 miles in an east-west direction between Ellensburg and Yakima, notable for cliffs and talus slopes at its perimeter, with elevation varying from 3800 to 6300 feet. Weather can fluctuate quickly, with much warmer and drier temperatures at the trailhead.

Red Top Lookout, built in 1952, restored in 1997, and still operational today. A short, steep trail leads to the functioning fire lookout as well as magnificent 360 degree views of the Stuart Range, Teanaway Ridge, Chelan and Entiat Mountains, Mount Rainier, and even Mount Adams on a clear day.

Reecer Creek offers 70 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Approximately 75 parking spaces. A small body of water in Ellensburg. Here, there are traces of Crystals, Agate, and Jasper.

Saddle Mountain stands tall between the deep and broad canyon of Lower Crab Creek Coulee and the deep basin of the mighty Columbia River. Discover Opalized wood, Bog, Limbs, and Logs here!