Day Hike - Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail

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Day Hike - Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail

Manastash Ridge wildflower hike with a grand view of the Kittitas Valley, Stuart Range, and Yakima Canyon! Read notes below.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,750 ft

10am Ellensburg Conoco gas station on I-90 Exit 109 (Canyon Road/SR 821 exit)

7.5 miles, 1750ft. gain

The third of my Yakima Canyon Wildflower Hike Series. A good but rocky trail steeply climbs out of the Yakima Canyon to a viewpoint on Manastash Ridge, then an old road goes onward to a high point at the comms towers on the ridge above I-82. Excellent views of the Ellensburg area and Mt. Stuart! Balsalmroot and lupine are the main flowers of the hike but there are lots of other smaller species too. Also a good chance of seeing a large deer herd up there.

Current weather forecast is PARTLY SUNNY at 60 degrees.

My trip report from 4/7: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2015-04-07.7402034183

Also check out the hikes I have listed in May:

5/2 Icicle Ridge: https://www.mountaineers.org/explore/activities/day-hike-icicle-ridge-9

5/9 Mt. Jupiter: https://www.mountaineers.org/explore/activities/day-hike-mount-jupiter

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Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail


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The usual, and a camera

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