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!
Tuesday 2-16-2016: My wife and I drove to Ellensburg looking for the sun. And we found it. In fact it was so hot in the sun that we took a shady trail on the way down. We climbed Westberg Trail and came down Boy Scout Trail. The trail was mostly covered with slushy snow. We used MicroSpikes, but we saw many people hiking without any traction device. It was a fun day in the sun.
the directions led us to the middle of a farm on a narrow rocky dirt road 37 minutes from the actual trailhead. very aggravating to have to drive backwards because of directions that are given. Will write a review when we actually get to the trail and hike it, an hour behind schedule. so annoying.
The trail description says it is mainly used for mountain biking. I have to say, I have yet to see a mountain bike on this trail if you come up from the Ellensburg side which I think is the main trail. It is a steep hike, but once you get to the top, you have great views. A good "exercise" hike.
Jan. 3, 2014. It was a beautiful sunny clear day so I could see the entire valley. The wind was cold at the top even though it was in the low 40's. The trail has four hill climbs, the third being the steepest. Note to self, the trail would be muddy and slick ( especially coming down) if it were to thaw or after a rain. Go on a dry or frozen day. We passed many people with happy dogs. Water and hiking poles are really all that you need to take. There are several memorials at the top and a geocache or an ammo container with a tablet and pens to sign at the rock pile. An exhilarating hike! Will do it again.