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Manastash

Average Rating:    (3.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

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Latitude
46.986107836605754
Longitude
-120.83930969238281
Trail Directions
From Ellensburg take Umptanum road to Manastash road. Take a right on Manastash take a left on Cove Road.
Trail Length
5 miles roundtrip
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ellensburg
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Heavy-D ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If I had to follow the other reviews here, I would be lost. Not that the review you are about to read is much more clear...

The "google" spot mark is off. Take your own map...

Keenan Meadows, Shoestring Lake, Lost Lake, Manastash Lake (pronounced "man" "ash" "tash") are the trails to ride for a cross country afternoon. Make your own loops or on out and back on whatever looks good. Shared with ATV's and horses, so can be rocky and loose. Elevation can dictate time accessed (snow; early to mid summer).

See the LBS in Ellensburg for other longer rides in the same area, ie Quartz Mountain, etc.

Recommended Route:
Up Manastash Rd (pavement ends and long gravel...) to the 3100 rd. Left and another mile or two to a right hand pullout parking lot. Trail Park Pass NEEDED. Nice FS bathroom. Ride across the road and right (Southwest) to start up trail of your choice. Ride Shoestring trail to Keenan meadows for a nice loop. Don't go unprepared to navigate. Easily mislead by numerous logging roads.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Downhill? Rat Pack in Roslyn.



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Review Date
July 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Stu Money ,  Downhiller , from Port Townsend

Summary:
This trail is a motorcycle trail. So expect loose rocky desents ,speed sucking sand and those really annoying moggles that MCs create. We rode the ridge west for several miles and saw 20 motorcycles , so maybe try and avoid this on the weekend. I love technical riding ( and I like a good climb) but this had more hard slog than fun stuff. Admittedly we didn't go that far and I imagine that once you start dropping off the ridge you'll get some good steep decent. The views are good.

I wouldn't recomend this trail unless you like endurence and pushing.

Re-cycled Cycles in Ellensburg gave great advice the next day and we rode Rat Pac in Cle Elem. Now this is THE trail to ride.

Recommended Route:
The directions above are good. Though it is good to know also that the Forest Road is 19 miles to the trail head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rat Pac



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Review Date
October 23, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Stan Smith , from Tacoma, Wa

Summary:
This trail is much longer than 5 miles See the directions below. It is about 16 miles of singletrack to the west and about 14 miles of doubletrack to the east. To the east it is very steep and rocky in places ACCESS: From Ellensburg take Umptanum Road opposite Mc Donalds southwest to Manastash Road, then west (right) on Manastash Road to FR #31 and follow it to Quartz Mountain. DESCRIPTION: The trail descends westerly from Quartz Mountain along the narrow ridgetop of Manastash Ridge. The trail alternately climbs and descends as it travels west along the ridge. At Mount Clifty it drops and contours around the cliffs on this mountain. Then it resumes along the ridge line to Blowout Mountain. This trail is intersected with several trails both to the north and south. This section from Quartz Mountain to the junction with North Ridge Trail is part of the C to C Route. Elevation high and low doesn't mean much along this trail as you visit the highs and lows often. It was rebuilt and is usually in pretty good shape. Remember this is high country without much access. The bail out points are far from anywhere. There are good views and some great opportunities for rock hounds. The Quartz Mountain Campground is about 0.5 miles below the trail head. A fun rating of at least 8 if you don't try a total out and back in one day.

Recommended Route:
Go west from Quartz Mountain along Manastash ridge for real singletrack. Toe the east is mostly doubletrack open to 4 wheel drives.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
See ebiketrails.com



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