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Sculpture Rock

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass
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Length

0.9 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 3400 ft.

Rating

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This short leg-stretcher winds through old growth fir and ponderosa forests with amazing geology to entertain even the most curmudgeonly kids in your car. Highway 97 traverses the Wenatchee Mountains largely without giving them their due justice. For those who pay attention, peak-a-boo views of Swauk Formation sandstone towers dot the hillside. This hike gets you into one of those amazing sandstone uplifts.

In the summer the trailhead is at the Swauk Campground. During the off season, Swauk becomes a Sno-park and you will need a Sno-park pass to park here. The trail is a horseshoe loop with one end at the group shelter near the campground entrance and the other end in the back of the campground. Park near the group shelter, then walk through the campground to start your hike. 

From the back of the campground, the trail dips a little and crosses the diminutive Swauk Creek. The well-maintained trail now steadily gains most of its 300 feet of elevation. The mature pine forest opens up as the ridge-crest is reached. Small territorial views appear through the trees. 

Quickly, a tombstone shaped sculpture of rock appears before you. This fantastic, eroded sandstone formation towers overhead while the trail deftly skirts around the edge. This brief little side trail is suitable for most everybody, but keep a close eye on children and pets, as it ascends to quite nearly the top of the rock!

Enjoy the views and the wind blowing through the trees before heading down. Turn left to follow the ridge for a bit before it heads down hill to your parked car. An hour can easily be spent here, or the entire loop can be run in ten minutes. Either way, you’ll never look at the Wenatchee Mountains the same again.

 

Sculpture Rock

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3290, -120.6519 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

Sculpture Rock (#1397)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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Getting There

The trailhead is located in Swauk Campground, which is found on Highway 97 south of Blewett Pass. Coming from Blewett Pass it is about 5 miles south of the pass on the left-hand (East) side of the road. Coming from Cle Elum or Ellensburg, the campground is one mile past the Old Blewett Pass Road turn off, or about 5 miles past Mineral Springs Resort. During the winter Swauk becomes a Sno-park, requiring a Sno-park pass. Park about a quarter mile off the highway, at the group picnic area, then walk through along the road to the back of the campground to pick up the trail that will loop back to the group picnic area.

 

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