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

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  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 you came. It's ...

  • Yakima RiverView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Fly-Fishing  
    •  Guide

    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, ...

  • Umtanum Creek FallsView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 in open, Douglas ...

  • Big Burn CanyonView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 hiking. This route allows ...

  • John Wayne Pioneer Trail: Ellensburg to the Columbia RiverView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    •  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 River south of Vantage. ...

  • Manastash ChallengeView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Road Biking  
    •  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 State. The ...

  • Umtanum RoadView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Off-Highway Drives  
    •  Easy
    •  40 minutes
    •  18.5 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • Quartz MountainView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Off-Highway Drives  
    •  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 Buck Meadows. The summit ...

  • Manastash RidgeView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Trail Running  
    •  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, you can have a steep ...

  • Starry, Starry Night: Table Mountain Star Party Near EllensburgView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Nature Trips  
    •  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 astronomers, ...

  • Umtanum Creek CanyonView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • Rattlesnake Dance Ridge TrailView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • Observation Road– Manastash RidgeView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • Westburg TrailView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    •  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 and dedicated to ...

  • Lost and Manastash LakesView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    •  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 pass open rocky slopes ...

  • John Wayne Trail, Army EastView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  5 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • John Wayne Trail, Army WestView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Center. You must not ...

  • Whiskey Dick Wildlife AreaView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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, hikers can expect ...

  • Hardy CanyonView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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. Murray State Wildlife ...

  • Westberg TrailView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 and dedicated to him, ...

  • Shell RockView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  4 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • Black CanyonView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  4 hours
    •  7 miles
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    This canyon is stunning! It offers black basalt talus slopes below steep cliffs, hillsides of brilliant wildflowers, and an array of birds. That’s ...

  • Robinson Canyon / Ainsley CanyonView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Area. This is prime ...

  • Kelley HollowView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 dirt roads are ...

  • Durr Road and North Yakima SkylineView Trail Details

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    Ellensburg, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 blocked by high ...