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.

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

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
5 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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
11 months ago

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.

Wonderful beautiful views tough going up and down!!

hiking
11 months ago

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!

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Moderate trail. I would go back simply because the view is amazing once you reach to the top. Don't forget to sign in. :)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Not overly impressed. It's a decent trail, but do go here if you expect to be blown away scenic wise. Although it's maintained pretty well.

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

the view from the top is beautiful.

hiking
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Challenging, and great workout! I love the view and would do it again for the workout and gorgeous view at different seasons!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Difficult, really challenging for me, but the view was worth it!!!

hiking
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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.

Friday, September 18, 2015

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.

hiking
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I went looking for this trail as I was pretty sure that I hiked it as a kid (maybe 30years ago), the directions for the trail today have to be completely wrong!! The directions send you east of Ellensburg when I thought it was west of Eburg.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

4 out 5 based off an exercise point of view, the steepness really makes a great workout. The view was good as a first time view. Would do this hike again merely because it was a great workout.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

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.

hiking
Saturday, January 04, 2014

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.

hiking
Friday, February 08, 2013

I've hike this trail several times now and still see new things . It is a very popular fitness trail for locals so expect to meet several. The Boyscout trail offers some wooded areas and switch backs and is less populated so I prefer it, but I still think of this as more of a training trail than a true nature hike. It is fairly steep at points and is perfect for breaking in those early spring legs.

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