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Manastash Lake Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Thorp, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 990 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Running Lake Views Wildlife Rocky Snow
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Gavin Reub
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just did this hike yesterday and we loved it. Weren't sure what to expect. trail is great but a bit dist since dirt bikers use it. some elevation gain on each half of the hike. About a mile and a half to Lost Lake. this is beautiful but lots of dirt bikers come through here. Go 2 more miles to get to Manatash, including a bit more elevation gain. Cute late with some character. Fish jumping and good camping spots!

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Jamien Fisher
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BackpackingRocky

I backpacked with my 8 year-old daughter. We went in on a Thursday and out on a Saturday. The road is in pretty good shape with only some areas of washboarding to slow you down. It took us exactly 3 hours up with a break at each mile. It was 4.3 miles to Lake Manastash and 4.75 to our campsite. As others have said, the first mile is tough. While it is somewhat steep, it's the loose conditions that is the most challenging, especially with a heavy pack and for kids. Don't let it discourage you though! It took us exactly 2 hours down with a lunch break at Lost Lake. We were the only ones camping the first night and only encountered two other groups on the trail, one on horseback. There was one dirt bike that rode through as we were setting up camp. On Friday morning, several campers arrived and a couple day hikers but no bikes. Saturday, we encountered several day hikers, one mountain bike party, and lots of dirt bikes. The dirt bikes are the only reason I took off 1 star as they tear up the trail, spoil the tranquility, and don't respect courtesy (high speed which causes dust and forcing us to move off the trail even though the sign says hikers have the right of way.) We only encountered 1 mosquito the whole trip and I'm a magnet for them. It was very refreshing to see only one mask being worn! You're outside people, breathe in nature!

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Jayden Jira
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Dawn Hendrickson
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Jeff Hendrickson
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Josh Mundt
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Bryan Davis
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HikingRocky

We had 12 kids with us ranging from 19-10 years old. They all did fine. We also had two dogs who enjoyed the hike. Parts of the trail had lots of loose rock which made it difficult to enjoy the scenery as I felt like I needed to continually watch my step. It was 2 miles to lost lake then about 2.5 more miles to lake Manastach. We only encountered one other couple along the path but we and they had our masks ready. Overall it was very beautiful and a nice hike.

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Emily Phillip
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BackpackingBugs

Great trail and great scenery just super buggy this time of year! Got to the lake at around 6pm and got one of the last camp spots so make sure on a busy weekend to get up there early!

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Ben Winters
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Great hike! Lost lake and Manastash lake are picturesque! One observation worth stating is the distance from the Trailhead to Manastash Lake is actually about 4 miles, making the Out & Back a total distance closer to 8 miles. All in all, perfect hike for the beginner to moderately skilled hiker!

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Andrea Turner
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Did as an overnighter July 12-13. Gravel road was 9 miles but totally in great shape (as per the WTA directions from exit 101). We didn’t want to risk coming from the other direction. Looked sort of like a maze from the All Trails directions. Really low traffic and a beautiful backpacking destination. The trail itself changed shape a bunch. Bugs were biting just a little bit on the trail, both in and out. But while we were at the lake camping, there was none! It was awesome. The kids in our group did great (youngest is a 5 year old and definitely took some coaxing with a pack), but we did clock about 5 miles in and close to 1000 elevation gain. They were rockstars. They all swam and enjoyed a great campsite. We would definitely come back. Very perfect family backpack.

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Tara Whiteside
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Hiking

Our family of four loved this trail—but our 9&10 yr old girls almost didn’t make it past the first mile. It’s front loaded with steep dusty & rocky incline at the beginning. Thankfully we kept telling the girls it couldn’t be that bad afterwards since so much incline was at the beginning. They made it past the first 20 minutes thankfully. It was a bit buggy, and we had to endure about three groups of motorbikes (one with an unauthorized ATV on trail) that were annoying, loud & dusty but all in all didn’t pass more than two other hiking groups besides them. Wildflowers were lovely and at Manastash we had the whole lake to ourselves. I’d rate 5 stars except for the bikers. Take a paper map, it’s rough finding your way off that mountain with no service and being on backroads only. Long story short, we’ll have an unplanned off roading 2 1/2 hr trip down in forest mgmt roads our family will never forget. Totally worth the adventure!!

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Dave Whiteside
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HikingRocky

Outstanding hike! A Tough first two thirds of mile up into will challenge you. Then you’re rewarded with widflowers on the ridge line before dipping back into the pine forest to the first quiet little lake (Lost lake at 1.2 miles) then another windy stretch with a few switchbacks and onto another open prairie bursting with columbine, paint brush and trillium with sweeping views to the northeast before crossing a stream and making the last mile to beautiful Manastash Lake at 3.4 miles [add a 0.75 loop mostly around it). Some people noted the bugs but they were a non-factor (we used a bit lavender oil [a pretty serviceable bug repellent]). Now, I know it’s Forest Service land and all that, but by far the most horribly irritating thing was that motorbikes are permitted on the trail and we had the misfortune of passing two parties of bikers - throttling engines, expelling gasoline fumes, and spewing up gravel. So I have to give this a half-point deduction even though the hike and beauty were sublime. Finally, do note the hike requires a long ingress and egress through Forest Service road systems so be sure to plan for that - annd bring maps because There is very spotty phone service. We got a bit lost on our way out and spent an extra TWO hours picking our way out through wickedly rough puddle and pothole infested service roads trying to find our way out without map or Internet/cell service. But this actually turned into a super fun adventure for my family (we saw elk, stunning red grass prairie, and an old log homestead) so it added the whole experience!

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Abby Alegria
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HikingBugs

Beautiful hike! So worth it once you get to the lake. We decided to walk around the lake before heading back out and we lost the trail on the backside of the lake. I recommend either going out and back or using this app to guide you around the lake.

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jaimie norman
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Hiking

Such a pretty trail. We went in early June 2020 with our 10 month old and two dogs. We hiked up to Lost Lake on the 1350 trail, did some fishing and headed back. Saw one other person. The hike was beautiful and the wild flowers were blooming in a fold about half way to Lost lake. We did wish we brought bear spray or something in case we saw a bear since there were signed posted.

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Mike Brewster
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Bugs

went up this past weekend and camped overnight. several small campfire pits around the lake, and a couple by lost lake. the trail was in great condition. bugs were out to make sure to bring bug spray. was a bit cooler and being up on a ridge made it gusty/windy, glad i packed an extra layer and wind blocking layer for when i stopped hiking.

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Rachel Zolotarsky
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Hiking

We went last weekend and it was great! Definitely on the chillier side I had a lot of layers on. The trails were in good condition. It ended up being more like 8 miles for us because we looped around the lake.

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Bob Davis
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Fishing

Trail was in good condition. We had a few dirt bikers pass us as we came back from Manastash Lake and saw a few others using the trail while we were fishing Lost Lake, but their tires haven’t torn up the trail.

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Don Stuber
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The road leading to the trailhead is much improved. Just a few large potholes and large rocks to avoid. The trailhead bathroom is open and clean. The hike up is easy with 5-10 large patches of snow that you can posthole to your knee. We stopped at Lost Lake, so I am not sure if the trail to Manashtash Lake has more snow since it is a higher elevation.

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Corey Jensen
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Fishing

I had the trail to myself on a windy weekday. great peaceful hike, its easy and well maintained. the trail has some ruts from dirt bikes (which are allowed)but nothing bad. Thr fishing was decent but nothing of any size.

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Samantha Darling
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Hiking

Sweet and easy hike. Great one for dogs and kids!

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Tara Camp
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Hiking

Hiked in Friday to Manastash lake, Weather was nice trail wasn’t bad. Camped right above the bench on the far side of the lake. Had a grey wolf come down the ridge to our camp, growled for a bit and moved on (not gonna lie was pretty scary) , has been reported. Sat the wind was coming in huge gusts that you could hear thru the trees before it hit you which made for cold weather. Lots of day hikers Saturday to fish and dirt bikers. Sunday woke up and could see our breath it was so cold, hiked back out but the dirt bikes from day prior tore up the trail making it a bit difficult to walk on especially for the kids. Really pretty at the lake, hundred and hundreds of dragonfly’s (pretty cool) so the mosquitoes weren’t bad on that end of the lake. We weren’t expecting the wind and cold. Nice backpacking trip for a one time trip. 7/12-7/14

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Charles Camp
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7/12/19- Backpacked to the far side of the lake. Friday on the way in it was beautiful, trail was in good condition. Set up camp at the far side of the lake (by the bench). Had what we now know was a grey wolf come into camp around 10:30 pm. Few growls and it moved on. (Reported to fish and game) Saturday was very windy and could hear a lot of motorcycles on the trail. Sunday was the windiest, very cold. Motorcycles tore up the trail for he hike out making it more difficult for the kids. Overall a good trip...beautiful place but probably won’t go back.

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Julie Sebag
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Snow

Did this trail 5/4/2019 and it was almost all snow. We were able to find the trail because someone had hiked it not long before us. Definitely wouldn't suggest doing it if you don't know where youre going. Lost lake was was half frozen over but Manastash Lake was almost all ice but it was beautiful.

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Jen Chapman
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Lost Lake to Manastash Lake: The road up is well maintained but washboard the majority of the time. The fork in the road in which you want to veer left to get to the trailhead is well marked. You can continue right a quarter of a mile if you need to pick up a day pass. Bathrooms available at trailhead. You share this trail with dirt bikes, but you can hear them well before they reach you so you have time to give them room. Maybe 4 other cars at the trailhead on a Saturday afternoon. The grade is mild with lots of flat parts. It had been raining a little in the morning so the trail was not dusty, but later when the sun came out the trail was very dusty. Some parts of the trail are slippery with loose rocks and dirt so watch your step. A few hints of fall colors but mostly greenery. A few fair views of the valley below. When you come to the fork in which right is trail 1350.2 and left is 1350, 1350 is the way you want for the Lakes. The lakes are nice with places to sit on the shore. Saw a few backpackers and places where people had made a campsite. No overly great views or scenery. All around an average hike that is a pretty quick in and out if you want a short hike to a decent lake. 8 miles round trip, just under 2 to lost lake and an additional 2 to manastash.

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Bri V
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Hiking

Good hike. Decent amount of elevation climb and rocky “ankle breaker” parts of the trail. Not too bad, but also wasn’t expecting it. The lake was beautiful and if you keep walking around the perimeter of it there’s a neat dock/lookout point. The gravel road to the trail wasn’t the great and pretty washboarded. Overall it was a great day and fun hike!

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jesse jesse moon
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Great hike. Very scenic.

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Brian Hardin
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Terri Okelberry
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so worth the hike!

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