CHS 2 Hike - Westberg Trail

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Westberg Trail

Starting from the Westberg trailhead, we'll enjoy an out-and-back hike via Manastash Ridge to Manastash Lookout. Enjoy amazing flower displays, birds, and butterflies in late spring, and spectacular views from the ridgetop into the Kittitas Valley, the Cascades, and Mount Stuart! CHS 2 hike led at a pace of 2.0-3.0 mph.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Meet at the trailhead at 8:30am. No parking pass required.

You can google "Manastash Ridge Trailhead" or follow these directions: From the west, drive I-90, then take exit 101 (Thorp) and after exiting, turn south. Continue on the Thorp Hwy to Cove Road and turn right, driving south on Cove Road to its junction with Manastash Road. Continue straight, crossing Manastash Road, and in another hundred yards or so, find the large parking area along the righthand side of the soon-to-dead-end road.

I will not be organizing carpools, but folks are welcome to reach out to other people on the hike to self-organize carpooling if they feel comfortable doing so.

This hike should have some excellent flower-spotting, but it will be dry and mostly shade-free. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

Masks and hand sanitizer are still required gear to bring on hikes and we will still adhere to social distancing as best we can during breaks. However, I won't require folks to wear a mask while hiking.


Westberg Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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