Westberg Trail

Ellensburg, Washington

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Ray Westberg was the popular wrestling coach in Ellensburg who died in 1997 at the young age of 47. This trail was built and dedicated to him, with a memorial placed at the high point on the ridge. The route isn’t heavily used by hikers, but it is popular with birds—birds on the ground and in the air. You can expect to find grouse scurrying through the brush and Lewis’s woodpecker pounding on the trees. In the air, look for a mix of northern flickers, bluebirds, meadowlarks, and the ever-present red-tailed hawks. If birds aren’t enough of an aerial display, this is also butterfly heaven in late spring. Birds don’t do it for you? Well, deer and elk also roam the region, and no one can find fault with the spectacular views— especially from the site of the Westberg Memorial at the top of the ridge.

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"Ray Westberg was the popular wrestling coach in Ellensburg who died in 1997 at the young age of 47. This trail was built and dedicated to him, with a memorial placed at the high point on the ridge. The route isn’t heavily used by hikers, but it is popular with birds—birds on the ground and in the air.

You can expect to find grouse scurrying through the brush and Lewis’s woodpecker pounding on the trees. In the air, look for a mix of northern flickers, bluebirds, meadowlarks, and the ever-present red-tailed hawks. If birds aren’t enough of an aerial display, this is also butterfly heaven in late spring. Birds don’t do it for you? Well, deer and elk also roam the region, and no one can find fault with the spectacular views— especially from the site of the Westberg Memorial at the top of the ridge."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ellensburg
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: April through July
Trailhead Elevation: 1,850 feet
Top Elevation: 3,560 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Yakima
Driving Directions: Directions to Westberg Trail

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