Ellensburg, WA Trails and Parks

Ellensburg has 39 trails in the vicinity, including 27 hiking trails and 11 for birding. These trails range from 2 to 70 miles in length. The longest trail in Ellensburg is Quartz Mountain a well-known trail measuring 70 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Quartz Mountain, Umtanum Road and Manastash Challenge. Trails.com member David D. recently completed Umtanum Creek Falls.

More information on the best trails in Ellensburg can be found below.
  • The Book

    2 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    At the top of the tough 4.4-mile, 1,800-foot, rocky, gravel-road climb, rest your legs, stop at the rocks, and tell the world you came. It's a tradition to write your name, and anything else ...
    •  8.9 miles
    •  Guide

    At the top of the tough 4.4-mile, 1,800-foot, rocky, gravel-road climb, rest your legs, stop at the rocks, and tell the world ...

  • Yakima River

    2 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    Wade in spring and fall, but float all summer. Rising in the Snoqualmie Wilderness, the headwaters of the Yakima are captured in three impoundments—Keechelus, Kachess, and Cle Elum—before being ...
    •  Guide

    Wade in spring and fall, but float all summer. Rising in the Snoqualmie Wilderness, the headwaters of the Yakima are captured ...

  • Umtanum Creek Falls

    1 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    A diversity of landscape and ecosystems are found along this canyon trek. Starting high and hiking downhill, the route begins in open, Douglas fir forest and ends in sagebrush and scrub grass ...
    •  3 to 6 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    A diversity of landscape and ecosystems are found along this canyon trek. Starting high and hiking downhill, the route begins ...

  • Big Burn Canyon

    1 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    The sprawling public land preserve of the Oak Creek State Wildlife Area offers some of Washington’s best extended desert hiking. This route allows you to enjoy a mild day hike or a gentle backpacking ...
    •  10 hours
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    The sprawling public land preserve of the Oak Creek State Wildlife Area offers some of Washington’s best extended desert ...

  • John Wayne Pioneer Trail: Ellensburg to the Columbia River

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    Leave the green Kittitas Valley behind and climb into the Boylston and Saddle Mountains. Drop down the ridge to the Columbia River south of Vantage. If the flat sections of the western portion ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  31.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Leave the green Kittitas Valley behind and climb into the Boylston and Saddle Mountains. Drop down the ridge to the Columbia ...

  • Manastash Challenge

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    Early autumn is an ideal time to explore the Kittitas Valley, which lies just east of the towering Cascades in central Washington State. The ride is named for the extraordinary Manastash Ridge ...
    •  64.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Early autumn is an ideal time to explore the Kittitas Valley, which lies just east of the towering Cascades in central Washington ...

  • Umtanum Road

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    This pretty country road, also called Wenas- Ellensburg Road, connects Kittitas and Wenas valleys via Ellensburg, passing through a checkerboard of private and state land. It meanders to Umtanum ...
    •  Easy
    •  40 minutes
    •  18.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This pretty country road, also called Wenas- Ellensburg Road, connects Kittitas and Wenas valleys via Ellensburg, passing ...

  • Quartz Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    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 ...
    •  Easy
    •  3.5 hours
    •  70 miles
    •  Guide

    The route follows South Fork Manastash Creek in a beautiful gorge, eventually bringing you to the pretty riparian area at ...

  • Manastash Ridge

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    This run is easily accessible from Ellensburg and Interstate 90. Depending on the route you choose for the ascent/descent, you can have a steep quad killer or a more runnable meandering trail. ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    This run is easily accessible from Ellensburg and Interstate 90. Depending on the route you choose for the ascent/descent, ...

  • Starry, Starry Night: Table Mountain Star Party Near Ellensburg

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    If you are looking for a fun and relaxing chance to camp, stargaze, and mix with lots of enthusiastic and knowledgeable amateur astronomers, the Table Mountain Star Party is the place to be. ...
    •  Thursday, Friday, or Saturday nights
    •  Guide

    If you are looking for a fun and relaxing chance to camp, stargaze, and mix with lots of enthusiastic and knowledgeable amateur ...

  • Umtanum Creek Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    Starting with a spring stride over a bouncy suspension bridge above the trout-rich waters of the Yakima River, this trail meanders up an ever-narrowing canyon. But it also seems to be a path ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Starting with a spring stride over a bouncy suspension bridge above the trout-rich waters of the Yakima River, this trail ...

  • Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    This remarkable route packs an incredible experience in a short distance. The route offers the most spectacular view of the Yakima Canyon twisting its way south from here. Just use caution and ...
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This remarkable route packs an incredible experience in a short distance. The route offers the most spectacular view of the ...

  • Observation Road– Manastash Ridge

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    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 ...
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Flowers galore and views unmatched. Wildlife abounding on the hills around you and in the air above you. What more could ...

  • Westburg Trail

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    Ray Westburg was a popular Ellensburg wrestling coach who died at the young age of forty-seven in 1997. This trail was built and dedicated to him, with a memorial placed at the high point on ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Ray Westburg was a popular Ellensburg wrestling coach who died at the young age of forty-seven in 1997. This trail was built ...

  • Lost and Manastash Lakes

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    This wonderful trek starts in an open pine, larch, and ?r forest before entering mature dense forests. As you hike, you’ll pass open rocky slopes bursting with color from June through early August, ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This wonderful trek starts in an open pine, larch, and ?r forest before entering mature dense forests. As you hike, you’ll ...

  • John Wayne Trail, Army East

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    The desert here appears to be carpeted with flowers come spring! The most common colorful ground cover includes numerous species of phlox, adding the colors of white, pink, and creamy yellow ...
    •  5 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The desert here appears to be carpeted with flowers come spring! The most common colorful ground cover includes numerous ...

  • John Wayne Trail, Army West

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    A sign-in permit is required due to the fact that the trail passes through the highly active U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center. You must not leave the trail. The John Wayne Trail (which rolls ...
    •  5 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    A sign-in permit is required due to the fact that the trail passes through the highly active U.S. Army’s Yakima Training ...

  • Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    Though this land is called a “wildlife area,” it could as easily be named a state wildflower area. On any given spring day, hikers can expect to see an array of wildflowers that puts the pretty ...
    •  6 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Though this land is called a “wildlife area,” it could as easily be named a state wildflower area. On any given spring day, ...

  • Hardy Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    This unique desert canyon is part of the Oak Creek State Wildlife Area. Nestled between the sprawling expanse of the L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area and the Wenatchee National Forest, ...
    •  6 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    This unique desert canyon is part of the Oak Creek State Wildlife Area. Nestled between the sprawling expanse of the L. T. ...

  • Westberg Trail

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Ray Westberg was the popular wrestling coach in Ellensburg who died in 1997 at the young age of 47. This trail was built ...

  • Shell Rock

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    All you’ll find here are rolling meadows, broad stands of fragrant ponderosa pine, wonderful views, and wildlife ranging from badgers to black bears. All that, and a modest elevation gain to ...
    •  4 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    All you’ll find here are rolling meadows, broad stands of fragrant ponderosa pine, wonderful views, and wildlife ranging ...

  • Black Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    This canyon is stunning! It offers black basalt talus slopes below steep cliffs, hillsides of brilliant wildflowers, and an array of birds. That’s right: Bird lovers, take note. This is an avian ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This canyon is stunning! It offers black basalt talus slopes below steep cliffs, hillsides of brilliant wildflowers, and ...

  • Robinson Canyon / Ainsley Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    This is a gem of a hike, providing you easy access to the best of the best of the rich L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area. This is prime elk country and a major wintering and calving ...
    •  6 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a gem of a hike, providing you easy access to the best of the best of the rich L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation ...

  • Kelley Hollow

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    As is often the case when hiking in the desert, the best walking route is actually an old road. These rough, four-wheel-drive dirt roads are legally open for driving, but only occasionally do ...
    •  7 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    As is often the case when hiking in the desert, the best walking route is actually an old road. These rough, four-wheel-drive ...

  • Durr Road and North Yakima Skyline

    0 Reviews

    Ellensburg, WA

    Just the drive to this glorious area can be an adventure! The road is steep at times, rough in places, and sometimes totally blocked by high waters at the creek ford. However, patience and perseverance ...
    •  4 to 7 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Just the drive to this glorious area can be an adventure! The road is steep at times, rough in places, and sometimes totally ...