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Manastash Ridge Southside Ride

Intermediate
 4.4 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The "backside" of Manastash Ridge.


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15.5

Miles

24.9

KM

100%

Singletrack

3,348' 1,021 m

High

2,686' 819 m

Low

1,580' 482 m

Up

1,579' 481 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features -none-

The trails are great in the summer and can be ridden in the winter when frozen. Don't ride when wet as the ground is primarily clay, and trails can easily be destroyed!

Overview

A great ride on rolling XC trails in the high desert of Washington.

Need to Know

**WARNING** Rattlesnake zone. I whizzed right passed a rattlesnake in the bush, not visible at first, and got it all pissed off. It coiled up in the strike mode and rattled its tail with its head in the air.

Description

This ride is a great XC loop with approximately 24 miles of total trail including Chest Pains, the trail on the north face of Manastash Ridge.

After a quick start along Hippies Use The Side Door, turn left onto Frisky Donkey. This is a narrow, twisty, fun, cross-country singletrack through sagebrush lands and rocky canyons. From south to north (as mapped), it gains about 400 feet.

At the end of Frisky Donkey, continue onto Rum Punch. This short but steep connector heads through some open sagebrush. From the end of Rum Punch make a quick loop south on Pine Oasis and Gunsmoke, looping back to Rum Punch. This time take a left at the end of Rum Punch to take Pine Oasis north.

Next up is a quick run on Cougar Bait and Mrs. Robinson followed by a short section of Gnomenclature to connect to Chin Biter. This is a super fun descent starts by dropping through a beautiful canyon and then passes through sage brush. There are great views from the top with its link with Gnomenclature.

The "backside" trails are a great rolling trail network. They are beautiful in spring with balsamroot plants everywhere, and fast and dry sagebrush riding in the summer. This is a newer network and keeps getting better every year.

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Shared By:

Lars Mullet with improvements by Ron F and 1 other

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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Rolling down buff and fast Gunsmoke.  This trail defines desert singletrack in the K Valley.
Dec 3, 2017 near Ellensburg, WA
Hoar Frost on Pine Oasis. Trails can be ridden when frozen but avoid when wet and soft. Ruts last years in this soil.
Dec 2, 2017 near Ellensburg, WA
Rolling down Chin Biter toward Umptanum Ridge
Dec 3, 2017 near Ellensburg, WA
Rollin smooth baby
Dec 2, 2017 near Ellensburg, WA
Manastash Ridge looking northward towards Mt Stuart
Nov 28, 2017 near Ellensburg, WA
rocky sections come fast and often
Dec 3, 2017 near Ellensburg, WA

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Jun 15, 2019
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