Teanaway Community Forest
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The Teanaway Community Forest demonstrates how conservation, sustainable forestry, and community partnership goals can be achieved. This beautiful 50,241-acre landscape lies at the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed. The state purchased the land in 2013 with funding provided by the Legislature and established Washington's first state-owned community forest. The forest contains nearly 400 miles of free-flowing streams and prime habitat for fish and wildlife. It has a history of grazing and timber harvests and offers unique recreation opportunities.
The law establishing the forest set up clear goals for the landscape:
To protect and enhance the water supply and protect the watershed,
To maintain working lands for forestry and grazing and grazing while protecting key watershed functions and aquatic habitats,
To maintain and, where possible, expand recreation opportunities consistent with watershed protection for activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping, birding, and snowmobiling,
To conserve and restore vital habitat for fish, including steelhead, spring Chinook, and bull trout, and wildlife, including deer, elk, large predators and spotted owls, and
To support strong community partnerships, the Yakama Nation, residents, business owners, local governments, conservation groups, and others provide advice about ongoing land management.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is collaboratively managing the Teanaway Community Forest with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), with significant public input from a community-based advisory committee. The collaborative has recently completed a Teanaway Community Forest Management Plan.
Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee seeking applications
Do you enjoy working with a team of others with a passion for enjoying and improving Washington’s great outdoors? Do you have ideas for the Teanaway Community Forest and ongoing management? Can you attend quarterly meetings in Cle Elum (and virtually) over the next two years?
If so, you may be perfect for the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee. DNR and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are seeking to fill up to four open positions. All interested citizens are encouraged to apply. The agencies are especially interested in applicants who can represent mountain biking, forest health, neighboring landowners, and water conservation interests. Kittitas county residents are encouraged to apply with statewide applications also considered.
Please complete the application for the first round of screening by Friday, March 26, 2021. The agencies will hold this recruitment open until the desired number of positions have been filled. Send your application and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926, Attn: Larry Leach. For more information, call Larry Leach, DNR Assistant Region Manager for State Lands, at (509) 925-0923; or Mike Livingston, WDFW Regional Director, at (509) 457-9325.
Enjoy Teanaway Community Forest, a beautiful recreation destination situated at the Yakima Basin watershed headwaters. Since Native Americans first inhabited the area 11,500 years ago to the present, people have thought this 50,241-acre forest to be special. Whether you’re planning to take your horses out along the West Fork Teanaway River or explore the incredible geologic formation of Cheese Rock, Teanaway Community Forest offers striking views, recreation opportunities, and a chance to see conservation and sustainable forestry in action.
Kiosk maps within the forest help to guide visitors to trails campgrounds found within the scenic Teanaway. Hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers may use the existing, unmaintained trails and gated roads at their own risk until sanctioned trails are established through the Teanaway Community Forest implementation Recreation Plan (page 75). Nearby national forests also have several multi-use trailheads within the community forest. Visitors should follow the rules set by the U.S. Forest Service when using these trails.
Teanaway Community Forest Tips
Please respect private property inholdings by using our map to avoid trespassing.
To protect the landscape, visitors may not construct new trails or change existing trails. Motorcycle, ORV, and ATV riders are reminded that they are not allowed on gated roads closed to motor vehicles and are asked to honor posted off-limit areas; it is illegal to drive around berms or other barriers intended to inhibit motorized use.
Cutting firewood is not allowed.
Stays are limited to seven days in a 30-day period.
Enjoy equestrian camping in Indian Camp and Teanaway Campground only.
No dispersed camping, or camping outside of a designated campground, allowed.
Hunting and fishing are allowed in the Teanaway under WDFW regulations.
Please honor county parking signs when accessing the groomed trail system. Parking for 47 miles of groomed trail is available at the Teanaway/ 29 Pines Staging Area located on the North Fork Teanaway Road. For more information, click here.
In December 2018, DNR, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee completed the Teanaway Community Forest Recreation Plan (page 75) after more than 18 months of collaborative work with recreationists and the surrounding communities. The Teanaway is now entering into the 15-year implementation phase.
The recreation plan was developed to support the forest's five management goals while providing opportunities for hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, scenic driving, snowmobiling, and motorcycling, as well as fishing, hunting, and nature activities. The agencies and the advisory committee established five goals for the recreation plan:
Ensure recreational activities and facilities are consistent with watershed protection, working lands, and habitat restoration.
- Provide a sustainable network of safe, enjoyable recreational trails.
- Evaluate the suitability of continued and/or expanded motorcycle use within the forest.
- Establish consistent law enforcement and public education presence between public agencies, user groups, and citizen volunteers.
- Support existing partnerships and promote new collaboration between public agencies, user groups, and citizen volunteers.
DNR, WDFW, and the advisory committee relied heavily upon public input and ideas while developing the recreation plan and encouraging people to participate in the recreation planning process throughout the implementation phase.
Other tips for your visit
- Don’t forget your Discover Pass! Learn more about it at DiscoverPass.wa.gov
- Campsites are available first-come, first-served at no additional cost with the purchase of a Discover Pass.
- Enjoy a campfire in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds only. Always check for burn restrictions before lighting a campfire. Alert: No dispersed campfires allowed due to dry conditions.
- Don't Move Firewood. Help protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. Please purchase firewood near your campsite. Find more information here.
Leave No Trace
For your safety and the safety of our wildlife, please follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace. You can brush up on them here. Food and garbage left behind or improperly disposed of can attract wildlife and create potentially dangerous situations for visitors. Please pack out all food items and garbage. NEVER feed wildlife.
29 Pines Campground
Located along the north fork of the Teanaway River, the camp offers 59 campsites with fire rings and toilets. View the updated Washington State Parks Sno-Park map of Teanaway Community Forest groomed snowmobile trails, which have some temporary closures due to wildfire hazards. For more information about the risks associated with burned areas, click here.
Directions: 22 miles north of Cle Elum at the end of the N. Fork Teanaway Road just past the fish hatchery on your left at the 29 Pines summer campground location. Get directions using the following address: 20831 North Fork Teanaway Road, Cle Elum, WA 98922.
Recreation alert: No campfires allowed at the 29 Pines campground due to dry conditions and no approved fire pits.
Teanaway Camping Area - No campfires.
Located along the west fork of the Teanaway River, the camp offers 55 campsites with fire rings and two ADA-accessible toilets.
Directions: Start at I-90 exit 85 (Cle Elum). Go east on SR-970 for 6.9 miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road. Go 7.3 miles. Turn left on West Fork Teanaway Road for .6 miles and turn left into Teanaway Campground. No fee. Access is provided on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). Get directions using the following address: 1160 West Fork Teanaway Road, Cle Elum, WA 98922.
Located along the middle fork of the Teanaway River, the camp offers eleven campsites with fire rings, two group campsites with fire rings, and a toilet.
Directions: Start at I-90 exit 85 (Cle Elum). Go east on SR-970 for 6.9 miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road. Go 7.3 miles. Turn left on West Fork Teanaway Road for .6 miles. Turn right on Middle Fork Teanaway Road. Go 3.9 miles. Turn left into Indian Camp campground. Get directions using the following address: 4394 Middle Fork Teanaway Road, Cle Elum, WA 98922.
Recreation alert: No campfires allowed due to dry conditions.