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Nestled in the hills east of Snoqualmie Pass, Roslyn is a charming town rich in history and beauty. Once known as a logging and coal-mining town, Roslyn today is a gateway to the many recreational opportunities, including access to the spectacular Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
With thousands of acres of mountain forest and high country lakes and streams, the area is a summer paradise for backpacking, camping and fishing. Just minutes from Roslyn, Cle Elum Lake offers year round recreation and relaxation. Nearby Salmon La Sac is a favorite base camp for backpackers and kayakers. In the winter, Roslyn’s surrounding hills and mountains draw cross-country skiers, snowshoers and other winter recreationists to follow the many groomed trails or forge their own paths in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and across state lands. The Salmon La Sac Sno-Park offers 38 miles of groomed trails and a designated area for non-motorized recreationists.
Linking Rosyln to the city of Cle Elum, the multi-use Coal Mines Trail follows the original Burlington Northern Railroad line pass several historic mining sites with interpretive signs along the route. The trail is a great place for bicycling, walking, or running; cross-country skiing in the winter; or learning about the mining past of the area.
Incorporated in 1886, the coal-mining town of Roslyn played an important role in Washington State history. The extensive coal fields in the area fueled the Northern Pacific Railroad’s trains during construction and early operation of a direct rail line through the Cascade Mountains. You can celebrate the city’s heritage every September at the Annual Coal Miner’s Festival.
In the 1990s Roslyn gained enormous popularity as the fictional town of Cicely, Alaska on the television show, Northern Exposure. TV fans still gather annually the last weekend in July for Moosefest.
Today, with its old west style building fronts, quaint cafes, and the oldest saloon in the state, Roslyn draws more tourists than its population of just over 1,000 residents. The last Friday of every month you can join the Roslyn Downtown Association for the Roslyn Art & Music Walk from 5ish-8ish. And new this month, Roslyn celebrates the opening of its very own visitor center. Housed at the historic NWI Company Building in the heart of downtown, the center is intended to be a place where people can learn more about Roslyn, and maybe sit down to read history books or chat with the locals. For more about Roslyn, visit www.ci.roslyn.wa.us or www.roslyndowntown.com.
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