Quartz Mountain

Ellensburg, Washington

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The route follows South Fork Manastash Creek in a beautiful gorge, eventually bringing you to the pretty riparian area at Buck Meadows. The summit of Quartz Mountain (6,400 feet) provides a terrific view of deep valleys, the North Cascades and beyond. Road 4510, from Lookout Mountain over South Cle Elum Ridge, is narrow, serpentine, and quite exciting if you encounter a logging truck. This rugged volcanic land has been deeply incised by streams that drain into the Naches and Yakima rivers from the high ridges, creating many scenic canyons to explore. The narrow canyon of South Fork Manastash Creek, with its high and steep rock walls, is particularly beautiful. The graded canyon road (31), though washboarded, is easy and very scenic. Watch for ATVs, motorcycles and logging trucks. Turn on your headlights, and bring a CB radio to monitor the logging-truck traffic. You’ll see the channel number they’re using painted on roadside rocks.
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by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

The route follows South Fork Manastash Creek in a beautiful gorge, eventually bringing you to the pretty riparian area at Buck Meadows. The summit of Quartz Mountain (6,400 feet) provides a terrific view of deep valleys, the North Cascades and beyond. Road 4510, from Lookout Mountain over South Cle Elum Ridge, is narrow, serpentine, and quite exciting if you encounter a logging truck.

This rugged volcanic land has been deeply incised by streams that drain into the Naches and Yakima rivers from the high ridges, creating many scenic canyons to explore. The narrow canyon of South Fork Manastash Creek, with its high and steep rock walls, is particularly beautiful. The graded canyon road (31), though washboarded, is easy and very scenic.

Watch for ATVs, motorcycles and logging trucks. Turn on your headlights, and bring a CB radio to monitor the logging-truck traffic. You’ll see the channel number they’re using painted on roadside rocks.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Ellensburg
Distance: 70
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3.5 hours
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Naches and Cle Elum Ranger Districts
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas; Wenatchee National Forest, South Half
Driving Directions: Directions to Quartz Mountain

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