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Ellensburg Meeting a Chance to Shape the Manastash Ridge Trail System

Posted by Loren D at Sep 19, 2017 04:30 PM |

Attend a Sept. 26 meeting to preview early plans for a trail system on Manastash Ridge, and give feedback.

The trail system around Manastash Ridge outside Ellensburg is one of a number of our parks and recreation areas where Washington Trails Association is involved in developing trail and recreation plans. These plans are often the foundation for providing more chances for outdoor recreation.

Manastash Observatory Road  Photo (c) David HagenManastash Observatory Road Photo (c) David Hagen 

The trail system at Manastash Ridge has become an increasingly popular destination, taking a toll on the local trails. That has made it even more important to assess and plan for trail maintenance and development of new trails. The landscape is largely shrub-steppe vegetation, with some forest and basaltic cliffs along a stream.

The plan under development will focus on providing quality hiking experiences on existing trails, planning for new trails and ensuring the protection of local habitat and wildlife.

ATTEND on SEPT. 26: See early trail designs and give feedback

The planning committee, led by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a public meeting next week. They will be sharing early trail designs and are hoping to get feedback from hikers and other trail users. 

Tuesday, September 26
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Hal Holmes Center
209 Ruby St., Ellensburg

The Stuart Range shimmering in a pocket of sunlight.A classic view of the Stuart Range and vistas from Manastash Ridge. Photo by Adaset