Observation Road– Manastash Ridge

Ellensburg, Washington 98926

Observation Road– Manastash Ridge

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Flowers galore and views unmatched. Wildlife abounding on the hills around you and in the air above you. What more could anyone want on a spring outing? The hike uses a gated road to lead up to the Manastash Ridge Observatory, operated by the University of Washington. As you’d except at a location where an expensive observatory station is placed, the views are

The entire length of Umtanum Ridge stretches out before you, and all around desert wildflowers—from bitterroot blooms to balsamroot flowers—abound. Deer and elk thrive on the rich vegetation and mild winter conditions here, and you’ll frequently find elk calves following their nursing mothers in these meadows. And be on the lookout for a thriving wild turkey population."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Best Times
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Contacts
Department of Natural Resources Yakima
Local Maps

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Dec 2018