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Cle-Elum , in Kittitas County, means "swift water" in the language of the Kittitas Indians. The Cle Elum Dam forms a beautiful tranquil lake. Cle Elum is the birthplace of Dick Scobee, the commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the day of its explosion. Among some of the most popular things to do in Cle Elum are the Cle Elum Telephone Museum, the Carpenter House Museum, and the Coal Mines Trail. The Cle Elum Telephone Museum was established in 1966 when the Cle Elum Historical Society was deeded the former office building by the Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company. Cle Elum became the last service area to switch from manual phone service to automatic dialing. The Carpenter House Museum is a 1914 mansion was the house of Cle Elum's first banker and his family. High Country Artists, an association of local artists, display its art to visitors. The Coal Mines Trail runs along an abandoned mining railway and passes historic mining sites. Almost all hikers and walkers and bikers will find this an easy trail as they make their way along Crystal Creek to Roslyn, Washington.

Surrounding areas: Roslyn, Washington (3.4 mi), Easton, Washington (20.1 mi), Ellensburg, Washington (22.7 mi), Snoqualmie Pass, Washington (27.4 mi), Leavenworth, Washington (30.2 mi), Stevens Pass, Washington (38.8 mi)

Cle Elum Vacation Rentals

Cle Elum Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Stage Coach Inn107 W 1ST StCle Elum, WA (509) 674-4735
Stewart Lodge805 W 1ST StCle Elum, WA (509) 674-4548
Super 8 Motel1500 Cyn RdEllensburg, WA22.7 mi.(509) 962-6888
Nites Inn Motel1200 S RubyEllensburg, WA23.4 mi.(509) 962-9600
Best Western Lincoln Inn And Suites211 W Umptanum RdEllensburg, WA23.5 mi.(509) 925-4244
Comfort Inn1722 Canyon RdEllensburg, WA24.1 mi.(509) 925-7037
Ellensburg Quality Inn1700 Canyon RdEllensburg, WA24.1 mi.(509) 925-9800
Holiday Inn Express Ellensburg1620 Canyon RdEllensburg, WA24.1 mi.(509) 962-9400
Days Inn E & J Resort901 Berry RdEllensburg, WA24.6 mi.(509) 933-1500
Best Western Summit Inn603 State Rt 906Snoqualmie Pass, WA25.8 mi.(425) 434-6300
Alpen Rose Inn500 Alpine PLLeavenworth, WA29.8 mi.(509) 548-3000

Cle Elum Weather & Climate

Central Washington , in the heart of the Cascades, has a temperate climate of mild summers and snowy winters. An average winter snowfall ranges from 50 to 75 inches in lower elevations. Snowfall gradually increases to between 400 to 600 inches above 4,000 feet. Some high peaks above 7,000 feet remain snowcapped all year. Snowfall usually begins in the higher elevations in September, gradually working down to 3,000 feet by the last of October. Above 4,000 feet temperatures occasionally drop below freezing even in midsummer. The temperature decreases approximately 3 degrees with each 1,000 feet increase in elevation. Mild, humid, summer days, temps rarely rise above 79 degrees.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 35°F 21°F 3.85 in. -
February 41°F 24°F 2.57 in. -
March 49°F 29°F 1.67 in. -
April 57°F 34°F 1.15 in. -
May 65°F 41°F 0.94 in. -
June 72°F 47°F 0.97 in. -
July 80°F 52°F 0.45 in. -
August 80°F 52°F 0.57 in. -
September 73°F 43°F 0.93 in. -
October 60°F 34°F 1.73 in. -
November 43°F 29°F 3.90 in. -
December 34°F 22°F 4.11 in. -

Cle Elum Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Yakima Air Terminal Mc Allister Field (YKM) located about 46 miles south of Cle Elum in Yakima, Washington, the Seattle Tacoma International airport (SEA) located approximately 66 miles northwest of Cle Elum in Seattle, Washington, the Ephrata Municipal airport (EPH) located roughly 66 miles east of Cle Elum in Ephrata, Washington, and finally Boeing Field King County International airport (BFI) located around 68 miles northwest of Cle Elum in Seattle, Washington.

Cle Elum Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Remlinger FarmsCarnationWA55.5 mi.
Puyallup FairPuyallupWA63.8 mi.
Wild Waves and Enchanted VillageFederal WayWA65.3 mi.
Fun Forest Amusement ParkSeattleWA71.3 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA65.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Sun Country Golf ResortCle ElumWA 
Ellensburg Golf ClubEllensburgWA23.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Mission RidgeWenatcheeWA33.3 mi.
State Parks
Lake Easton State ParkWA12.7 mi. 
Olmstead Place State ParkWA26.7 mi. 
Squilchuck State ParkWA27.4 mi. 
Federation Forest State ParkWA35.7 mi. 
Twin Falls State ParkWA39.8 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Northwest Trek Wildlife ParkEatonvilleWA66.7 mi.
Point Defiance Zoo and AquariumTacomaWA71.0 mi.
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA71.3 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA71.3 mi.

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