Hiking the Ridge Trail in Ellensburg Washington

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Kittitas Valley Realty

Hiking the Ridge Trail in Ellensburg Washington is a favorite activity for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers and those just looking for some exhilarating exercise. Close to Ellensburg, the Ridge Trail is just a short 6 miles from downtown Ellensburg.

Many local folks hike the Ridge Trail for condition training. It is a pretty good hike to the top, so first time hikers may wish to stop part way. Go at your own pace. Generally there will be others sharing the Ridge Trail with you. Everyone is very friendly and out to have a good time. Bring some water and a snack if you like and don't forget your camera to photograph the stunning views. There is an abundance of wildlife in the area including elk, deer and all types of birds. If you bring your pet please be respectful of others.

At the top of the Ridge Trail you will find a memorial and also a book where you can write your thoughts. You will want to spend some time reflecting and drinking in the scenic views of Ellensburg, Mt Stuart and the beautiful Kittitas Valley. Allow 11/2 to 2 hours depending on your physical condition.

The Ellensburg area offers many outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, boating, skiing, rock climbing and much more. The Kittitas Valley, where Ellensburg is located, is a rugged and beautiful region with varying terrain. You will find desert prairie landscape to densely treed alpine highland, there is truly something for everyone. 

Directions: From Canyon Rd in Ellensburg, travel west on Umptanum Rd (at Subway), cross the Yakima River and then turn right on Manastash Rd (Ma-nas-tash), follow Manastash Rd to Cove Rd approximately 5 miles, turn left on Cove Rd a short distance to the parking area. You won't have any trouble finding the trail head from the parking area. The designated parking area for the Ridge Trail head provides ample parking for hikers. My name is Dean Curtis, I live in Ellensburg and would be glad to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me by email at dean@deancurtis.com my web site for real estate is DeanCurtis.com and you can find more posts about Ellensburg at All About Ellensburg


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Dean Curtis Associate Broker, GRI, ABR 

 Coldwell Banker Kittitas Valley Realty - Ellensburg, Washington




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how long is the hike from bottom to the top?

May 10, 2011 06:58 PM #1
There are 3 different primary trails u can follow but all are approx 2-2.5 miles to the top (approx. 2000 feet above).
May 30, 2011 12:26 PM #2
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