The terrain that this city lies on was formed about 6,000 years ago when the nearby Mt. Rainier erupted, and its volcanic flow formed the stretch of land now known as Enumclaw Plateau. The city of Enumclaw has refused to give in to chain businesses in order to maintain its small-town rustic feeling. The town is full of adorable shops and delicious historical family-owned restaurants.
This small town is only about 5 square miles, but it is full of life and has a great sense of community. The population is nearing 12,000 with over 4,000 households, and Enumclaw is growing more each year! The Enumclaw School District consists of 1 high school, 2 middle schools, and 5 elementary schools.
Mud Mountain Dam Park
This dam helps to control the flow of the 75-mile-long White River which runs through many towns and cities in Washington and serves as one of the defining boundaries between the counties. The Mud Mountain Dam Park is a very popular destination in the area; it is famous for its fountain systems that people, and dogs, of all ages enjoy during the summer months. The park also has a playground, picnic shelters, and walking trails.
Nolte State Park
This state park that consists of over 100 acres of land is known for its very popular lake found in the center of the park. Deep Lake, which has a depth of nearly 80 feet, is used often for both swimming and fishing. You can find many types of fish here including rainbow trout, crappie, and bullheads. The lakefront is over 7,000 feet long and covered in sandy beaches. There is also a fishing pier and hiking trail that circles the lake.
This may be the most popular street in the whole town of Enumclaw; this is because of all the amazing restaurants that line the street. All within a span of 3 blocks you can find The Historic Mint Restaurant & Alehouse, Jackson’s, Kelly’s Restaurant & Lounge, Rainier Bar & Grill, and Pie Goddess. Go to The Historic Mint to get some famous fried pickles or the white cheddar mac n cheese. Jackson’s has the best salmon dishes in town and you can’t leave Enumclaw without trying a delicious chocolate pie from the pie goddess!
Enumclaw Expo Center
The Enumclaw Expo Center, formerly known as the King County Fair, is a 72-acre plot of land with multiple buildings scattered throughout the area including an arena, an event center for concerts, a large dining hall for wedding and receptions, and more. There are many events held here each year such as the Seattle Scottish Highland Games, the Enumclaw Wine & Chocolate Festival, and the Enumclaw Brew Fest.
Crystal Mountain Ski Resort
Being the largest ski resort in the entire state, Crystal Mountain is the go-to place for winter fun! You can rent skiing and snowboarding equipment at the resort or bring your own and use the gondola to travel over 2,000 feet up to reach the summit of the mountain. Horseback riding, hiking, and mountain yoga are some other popular activities at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort.
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