Explore the most popular trails in West Ellensburg Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail has been on my bucket list for awhile. Was hoping to see the wild flowers in bloom and they are just starting. Probably a few days and it will be amazing. The view was great up top. My knees hurt a little coming down but that is more of an “old man syndrome.”

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail for athletics but not my favorite hike. Great views.

Amazing hike! kicked our butts the whole way up but the view was worth it for sure! you can see all of Ellensburg and Kittitas from the top. Kittitas Search and Rescue placed an ammo box and the top with a journal to record, and a little water bowl for the pups who end up there too! good hike to get in shape. There are two ways to go at the trail head, left side immediately becomes a constant incline but is shorter.

on Manastash Ridge Trail

snow
19 days ago

Hiked today for the the first time this season. Bring YakTrax and poles if you have them. Slipped in the snow / mud going down and fell pretty hard. Be very careful with the snow, mud and ice since it doesn't have many switchbacks and the coming down / up is straight up and straight down. Beautiful hike, but be careful.

hiking
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Definitely want poles when hiking in the snow. Going down was risky, I should've brought a sled. Otherwise a nice hike in below freezing temps. I recorded the boy scout trail.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Great bike but definitely wiped me out

fantastic day on this trail! sunny and warm even though there was about 3 inches of mixed ice and snow. slush in places. today I would have rated this trail as difficult but worth the effort.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail, good climb through the sagebrush! Trekking poles definitely warranted with light snow on the ground. Love the views! Went up Westerberg and down Boy Scout. Can definitely see how Boy Scout is a great choice when it’s warm out. will do again.

Trekking poles: good to have it with you.

It was most def a leg burner for me, but the sun is consistantly in your eyes, and the scenery could be better... but that's just our valley.

hiking
5 months ago

In my opinion, very boring. It's the same view of the valley the entire way up, it just gets smaller every 10 ft. you go higher. It's in the sun the entire time which sucks for my pasty white ass.

Good exercise, if you're into that.

on Manastash Ridge Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Full sun, so bring sunscreen and plenty of water. The trail is straight up after the first part of the hike. If you aren't in good shape or have little ones, think about taking the Boy Scout Trail up through the shade. This is a tough but beautiful hike. I would rate it as hard and not moderate. The sun, heat and steep trail are a tough combination so please be careful. Also take hiking poles if you have bad knees, coming down on the main path is straight down with plenty of scree and loose rocks. There are also snakes and the hiking poles can serve as good snake sticks.

This is a great trail. It is rather steep so I wouldn't recommend this trail for small kids or whiny kids (Haha). It was the first hike of the season for me so I struggled with it, but the views were definitely worth it. It took about 3 hours, including the 30 minutes of hanging out at the top and breaks.

hiking
11 months ago

Family friendly hike (with Skittle bribes) with the payoff of a killer valley view. Nice change up from the Cascade range.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail was okay, not a favorite for us, and I doubt we will go again ( with kids atleast ) we were unaware of how to get to the Boy Scout trail, so we took the main one. And it was a steady climb the whole way, some areas were more steep than others. We took the Boy Scout trail on the way down, and it was a pretty steep incline for about half the way down, then it became pretty easy to where my 2.5 year old could walk without seeming like he was running. Unless your little one is able to be put in a backpack, I wouldn’t recommend this trail until they can hike the whole thing themselves. Overall the views were pretty tho, and the trails were decently up kept. Wasn’t too busy for a nice Sunday.

hiking
Saturday, January 06, 2018

This hike is awesome for getting a good view of the valley!

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Not that big of a fan of this route. Steady climb for an average view for this area. Flowers and birds were enjoyable. Little shade.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

My first time hiking the ridge was this past winter with snow and ice everywhere. It was a bit difficult of course since I did not have any boot spikes but I did it anyways. I did not slip until heading back down of course hahaha.

The views were great going both ways, but if you like more of a wooded unique trail I recommend going the boyscout trail which you take a right just after the trail head kiosk they have there at the beginning. You will hike around the first hill into a little wooded canyon area and it meets back up with the main trail later on. The boyscout trail is much easier as well, it is not a steep hike like the main trail.

This is a very popular trail and it gets a bit over crowded for me sometimes, but you definitely need to hike it at least once while you're here.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wonderful beautiful views tough going up and down!!

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Beautiful at the top

paddle sports
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Not bad. Probably not enough water for the boys. But good for me. Flowers were out in bloom.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A great workout with gorgeous views! There a various ways to get to the top, there is a straight up, a switchback and a couple others.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Great weather and trail condition. Dry trail, light rain, abundance of wild flowers. Appreciated the alternate trail for return trip, it was damp but not wet or slick, and provided some landscape change with the forest canopy over the trail for some of the trails length.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wildflowers were JUST beginning-otherwise it was beautiful.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A few muddy places, but overall dry. Steep in areas.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

A few muddy places, but overall dry. Steep in areas.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

The trail was muddy but much better than last weekend. Very little ice/snow left on the trail, probably will be gone within the week. However, it was overcast, chilly, and windy. Last week was fine in short sleeves. Not so today.

Monday, April 03, 2017

First hike this spring, and Manastash didn't disappoint....saw elk, mule deer and beautiful view from the top!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Variable conditions starting with dry trail moving to muddy areas to mid point. Snow is fairly stable on the trail for the upper portion with some clearing. Today was overcast around 45° and it looks like it's going to be that way for the next few days. Happy trails

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Good conditions today despite the snowfall. I have a 2-wheel drive car and parking was easy. Beautiful winter hike even though we didn't make it to the top. Wore spikes which were helpful on the steeper spots. You absolutely have to have them right now but it's more work without. We had to trek through untouched snow toward the top, which is part of why we turned around. Saw a couple on the way up and a few more people when we were almost back to the car. Glad we went!

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