Discover and book tent camping, caravan parks, cabins, and glamping—everywhere from national parks to blueberry farms. Follow the trail around the lake’s western perimeter to a hand-crafted two-person fishing bench, or simply bask in the riparian oasis atop Manastash Ridge.WTA Pro Tip: This is a great option in the shoulder season, especially springtime, when there is still too much snow for dirtbikers to make it up to the lake. All Hipcampers should review and adhere to these standards for safety, trip preparation, and respect in order to uphold Hipcamp’s most important value: “leave it better.”. We have a zero-tolerance policy against discrimination at Hipcamp and are committed to helping our Host and Hipcamper community be inclusive. We highly recommend a GPS for this road as numerous crossing roads and paths can make route finding confusing. We integrate with the National Weather Service to provide valuable fire advisories to Hosts and Hipcampers. Manastash Ridge is a long anticline mountain ridge located in central Washington state in the United States.
There are no water sources. On the west end you can either choose to exit via Barber Springs Road down to FS31 to return to Ellensburg, Follow FS1701 to FS1720 to exit to Hwy 410 and Cliffdell or if you are in the mood to do something a little more challenging you can run 4W694 (Summit Trail) to Funny rocks. Pass a talus field and weave in and out of the forest into clearings that offer views of Ellensburg’s wind farms and the Stuart range. 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.” But you may come to a different conclusion after visiting this area! (For now!) The highest point in Manastash Ridge is Manastash Peak at 6,335 feet (1,931 m), located 22.4 miles (36.0 km) west of Ellensburg, Washington. Forest cover includes mountain hemlock, Douglas fir, larches, Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir, and western white pine. Turn right and follow Manastash Road, which becomes Forest Service Road 31 for 19 miles. Rainier and at times the Stewart mountain range … The Manastash Trail weaves around Lost Lake and up Manastash Ridge, and you can hop right on it from this campground. Double back to the Manastash Lake trail, and turn right (southeast) onto it, skirting the east shore of Lost Lake. Continue 4.5 more miles to Clifty (summit elevation 6245 feet), where the trail drops and follows the countours of the mountain’s cliffs. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association In the past there has been a sign here that states "Mud Flats" with an arrow pointing up the road. The astronomy department of the University of Washington maintains the Manastash Ridge Observatory, located about 9 miles (14 km) west-southwest of Ellensburg. Deeper into this hike, the forest is dominated by Engelmann spruce, Douglas fir, and mountain hemlock. From the trailhead parking lot near the summit of Quartz Mountain, descend a dirt path to where trail #1388 starts. Continue 9.1 miles on FR-31, paralleling Manastash Creek and marveling at the walls of its canyon. Sharing is caring, y'all. Bueller? Continue west 7.3 miles until the road changes to FR-31. Discover and join the Ride PNW community. Coordinates: 46°51′28″N 120°20′52″W / 46.85778°N 120.34778°W / 46.85778; -120.34778, Complete Report for Saddle Mountains structures, - Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia - Manastash Region page, U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Manastash Ridge,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 July 2017, at 19:25. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving.

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