Some of us like hiking and some of us like fishing; a lot of us like both. The Cooper River Trail is the perfect trail for those who like both. Just outside of Cle Elum, WA, the Cooper River Trail is just that, a trail that follows along the Cooper River. Because of this, it lends itself to plenty of stops to set up the rod and cast a fly. The trail winds through old growth forest while following alongside the river. At the halfway point of this roughly eight-mile trail, you will come to the expansive Cooper Lake, the source of the flowing river you followed on your journey to this point. The lake is a great spot to cast flies on the flat water in hopes to fool one of the local trout. If you’re up for camping, there are many established campsites and campgrounds near the trailhead. If you’re just going out for the day, be sure to stop in the quaint town of Roslyn for a beer and a game of pool at “The Brick” or one of the other local watering holes.
Photography by Ben Matthews