PLEASE use this and NOT THE HIKING TRAILS. Hike by WTA Community: First added by searsandrewj on … See more trip photos here. January 24, 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm . Manastash Ridge is a popular hike in Ellensburg, Washington, attracting many locals and students of Central Washington University. At 1.1 miles, go straight at Little Naches Road. The trail conditions are … Road and trail closures south of the Manastash Ridge Fire include Forest Service Road 1701 before the Funny Rocks Area and the 1900 road system leading north from Little Naches to Quartz Mountain. Manastash is a nice ridge ride to Blazed Ridge, after which the trail traverses the ridgeline and gets steep enough to force some hike-a-bike. After making my resolution of 40 hikes in 2015, I decided to tackle this hike for #22 with a couple of my college roommates. The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is CLE E which is approximately 11 miles away and has an elevation of 1,920 feet (3,667 feet lower than Manastash Ridge Trail). Not to be confused with the Manastash Trail (4W306), the Manastash Ridge Road runs from Observatory road just outside of Ellensburg along Manastash Ridge to join FS-1701 on the west end above Cliffdell. It was a good choice as the Boy Scout Trail is shaded and follows the mountain side up rather than a direct upward climb like the trail. Mountain Biking Manastash Ridge Trail System Add a review #339 of 1,206 mountain bike trails in Washington #12,353 in the world. If you have come equipped for the full traverse, 9.2 more miles to Blowout Mountain, you will cross 3 recently built roads along the way. At 3 miles you reach Panther Ridge, approximately the midway point between Quartz and Mount Clifty. Red Tape 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. We stopped for a view of Manastash Lake. Even if you don't stumble across Mel's Hole, the Manastash Ridge is still epic, rich with wildflowers and sweeping views of the Kittitas Valley. At Mount Clifty it drops and contours around the cliffs on this mountain. Ding: All of the trails in this area are open to Orv and easily accessible. As always, we took the Westberg Trail to go up to Manastash 1. The northwest segment of Manastash Ridge covers 16.7 miles of rugged terrain from Quartz Mountain to Blowout Mountain, with Mount Clifty near the midpoint. Manastash Ridge Trails Coalition Meeting Notes 2017-01-24 1 Manastash Ridge Trails Coalition Meeting Notes . The trail alternately climbs and descends as it travels west along the ridge. Take I-90 east to exit 101, Thorp Hwy. From the trailhead parking lot near the summit of Quartz Mountain, descend a dirt path to where trail #1388 starts. As always, we took the Westberg Trail to go up to Manastash 1. At 11.4 miles in length the road is fairly easy and suitable for most high clearance and full size vehicles. Manastash Ridge Hike. Nestled in quaint farms at the start. But for the puppy’s sake, today we stay on the trail the entire time. Goes by great brook and up a scenic path with great views of Ellensburg and the surrounding valley. But this is also a great place to come back to when you’re all hiked or biked out for the day. Great for biking and hiking." Historical Weather. Continue 4.5 more miles to Clifty (summit elevation 6245 feet), where the trail drops and follows the countours of the mountain’s cliffs. Turn right on Cove Road and go 4 miles to Manastash Road. Westberg Trail is a hot spot among outdoor enthusiasts. Great for biking and hiking." Wildflowers that bloom on this trail include arnica, lupine, paintbrush, Queen Anne’s lace, thistle, asters, and penstemon. While attending school, I climbed the Ridge a handful of times, always with struggle. Trail is well marked, but even the side trails are abundant. 4 reviews of Manastash Ridge Viewpoint "Wow! Manastash Ridge is a non-motorized multi-use area (south face of the ridge) with steep hiking trails and more moderate grade trails specific to biking. From there the Westburg trail is to the left, and the Boy Scout trail is to the right. Near Ellensburg, Washington. Multiple authors contributed to this report. On the Cle Elum side, closures include the Manastash Ridge Trail, Shoestring Trail, and roads south from Manastash and Rider’s Camps. There are no water sources. Continue west 7.3 miles until the road changes to FR-31. With 14 individual sites and a larger group site, you’re free to hoof it alone or share the Washington wilderness with some buddies. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Seattle, WA 98104. Because Manastash Ridge Tr1388 connects so many other trails, expect heavy Orv use on the weekends. In the spring, wildflowers bloom along the trail, guiding you to the summit. I remembered scrambling down the ridge the last time we were here. Ridge bound. Named after and built in honor of an Ellensburg wrestling coach, this trail provides the sought-after combination of great workout and big views. Ellensburg, WA Intermediate. Get the Manastash Ridge, WA local hourly forecast including temperature, RealFeel, and chance of precipitation. One of many trails on Manastash Ridge, the Boy Scout trail allows hikers to create loops or alternate routes to the summit of Manastash Ridge. Multiple authors contributed to this report, Hiker Headlines: Highway Closures, Avalanche Info, Outdoor Economy, Firefighters Wanted, Wanapum Planning. In some sections, the trail is steep and rugged. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. PLEASE use this and NOT THE HIKING TRAILS. 130 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Staff: Anna Roth. Ellensburg, WA Intermediate. Running the Manastash Ridge Trail and Shoestring Trail September 26, 2009 Jeep- Brian Hall Camera Man- Matt Akers Bronco- Jonathan Mawer Down the trail Test Dummy’s rig started having a few problems. Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. This short but steep hike features beautiful views of the north end of the Yakima Canyon. Length: 4 miles roundtrip IMAGE: Michelle Harris. Taneum and Manastash Ridge Trail OHV Loop is a 39.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cle Elum, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. DESCRIPTION: The trail descends westerly from Quartz Mountain along the narrow ridgetop of Manastash Ridge. Mountain Biking Manastash Ridge Trail System Add a review #339 of 1,206 mountain bike trails in Washington #12,353 in the world. The corners are wide so the downhill has flow the whole way down. There is a parking area that says "Manastash Trail Parking". Intermediate. There is a parking area that says "Manastash Trail Parking". Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District. The Manastash Ridge Trails feature everything from smooth, undulating XC trails to fast, fun descents. From there walk 1/4 mile up the road, past the gate and up to the footbridge across the drainage canal. 1.8 mi 2.9 km #1 Gunsmoke. Continue 10.3 miles on FR-31, paralleling Manastash Creek and marveling at the walls of its canyon. From the viewpoint at the end of the graded road, the Manastash Ridge trail heads southeast and quite immediately becomes a very narrow Jeep trail. Manastash Ridge. The Forest Service’s Wilderness Evaluation from 2009 states, “[t]here are no major scenic values.… The key area attraction is the motorized trail system.” However, you may come to a different conclusion after visiting this amazing area! The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving. Chest Pains is a 3.7-mile climb that winds its way to the top of Manastash Ridge. On the Cle Elum side, closures include the Manastash Ridge Trail, Shoestring Trail, and roads south from Manastash and Rider’s Camps. Manastash Ridge Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ellensburg, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. After a quick start along Hippies Use The Side Door, turn left onto Frisky Donkey.This is a narrow, twisty, fun, cross-country singletrack through sagebrush lands and rocky canyons. Westberg Trail is a hot spot among outdoor enthusiasts. Taneum and Manastash Ridge Trail OHV Loop is a 39.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cle Elum, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and … Intermediate. Manastash Ridge - Westberg Trail Hike Info. Follow Manastash for about 3.5 miles to the intersection with Cove Road and take a left. Test Dummy dropped down 4W670 to get his rig home. It starts on soft, silty (and dusty) dirt, changes to rocks near the rockfields, and enters rooty, rocky forested taiga. From I-90 Exit 101 - Thorp travel south for 2 miles on Thorp Highway. Turn right and follow Manastash Road, which becomes Forest Service Road 31 for 19 miles. From there walk 1/4 mile up the road, past the gate and up to the footbridge across the drainage canal. Be prepared to share the gravelly and rocky trail with occasional motor bikers. At Blowout, the trail contours on a bench on the north side of the mountain before its final junction, with the Blowout Mountain Trail. The Hereford Meadows Trail begins at Shoestring Lake Trail #1385 and ends at Manastash Ridge Trail #4W306.. From the trailhead, which is at a high elevation, approximately one mile from Quartz Mountain, the trail generally descends south to the junction with Shoestring Lake Trail 1385. Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail. While attending school, I climbed the Ridge a handful of times, always with struggle. It was laid out for cyclists. You’ll see everything from farmland at the beginning of the hike to Mount Rainier at the peak and everything in between. Running the Manastash Ridge Trail and Shoestring Trail September 26, 2009 Jeep- Brian Hall Camera Man- Matt Akers Bronco- Jonathan Mawer We head on with 6 rigs. We stopped at Funny Rocks to watch some rigs play and then we went to Moon Rocks. Weaving our way through tight turns around trees that had quite clearly met their share of sliders, … After making my resolution of 40 hikes in 2015, I decided to tackle this hike for #22 with a couple of my college roommates. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association Photo by dieselhikes. Hike of the Week: Manastash Ridge Is Known for Colorful Wildflowers, Spectacular Views—and a Paranormal Abyss What better reason to go on a hike than investigating an urban legend? At 11.4 miles in length the road is fairly easy and suitable for most high clearance and full size vehicles.

[2] Interstate 82 crosses through the eastern portion of the ridge; the Manastash Ridge Summit is located at milepost 7 of the interstate (south of Ellensburg) or about 24 miles (39 km) north of Yakima, Washington at an elevation of 2,672 feet (814 m). First added by searsandrewj on … Westberg Trail. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Turn right on Forest Service Road 3104, Campground is on the right. From there the Westburg trail is to the left, and the Boy Scout trail is to the right. Come to an intersection and turn left for Quartz Mountain, arriving at the mountain top trailhead 8.2 miles later at the end of FR-31(18.5 miles from the start of the road). Manastash Ridge Area Trails mountain bike trail map. Kaner Flats trail is a sampling of just about all the different trail surfaces in the entire Manastash Trail system. 2.1 miles into the hike, pass by rocky outcrops and peekaboo views of Mount Rainier to the southwest. After that, it mellows. The path leads to a memorial for the coach on a high point along Manastash Ridge known to some as Book Mountain. There are junctions with options for “most difficult” or “easy.” The “easy” versions involve relatively long diversions to trail junctions that add about 0.5 miles to the journey, so stick with the “difficult” segments which are not that much more difficult and shorten the journey.

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