Cle Elum Snopark

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Location:

The sno-park is located north of Lake Cle Elum. To get there from I-90:

Description:

The site is a large gravel sno-park parking lot in a bowl surrounded by trees. There is plenty of sky here, but trees partly block the northern, western, and southern horizons. I setup towards the northern end of the lot and Antares and the top half of Sagittarius were visible. The skies here are quite dark. M31 was easily visible with the naked eye and M33 was easy to spot in 50mm binoculars. I had an excellent view of M51 in my 12" dob at this site. You can walk up the steep ridge on the northern edge of the lot with a small scope or binoculars to see more of the southern sky. You can also drive from road 4315 to the edge of the ridge overlooking the lot to use a larger scope there. There are no artificial lights at this site, although sometimes people camp on edge of the lot.

Overall, I really like this site. It's a reasonably short drive from the Puget Sound area. It's free to use, easy to get to (all paved roads), and it's a nice, quiet place for observing.


Site Amenities - cell, water, toilet, etc.:

This site is primitive and I could not get cell reception here. There are porta-potties at a campground just down the road towards Roslyn.


Photos:

Snopark1

 

SnoPark2

Looking North

SnoPark3

Looking South

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Last Updated: 2/3/08