Manastash Ridge Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews
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Manastash Ridge Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ellensburg, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1587 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
20 days 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
21 days ago

hiking
29 days 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.

1 month ago

Wonderful beautiful views tough going up and down!!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful at the top

2 months ago

2 months ago

canoeing
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Wildflowers were JUST beginning-otherwise it was beautiful.

4 months ago

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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.