Yakima Ridge + Manastash Ridge East Peak / 雅基馬脊+馬納斯塔什脊東峯

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Happy New Year! Yakima Ridge parallels the south of Umtanum Ridge. Like Hog Ranch Buttes, it’s inside the vast Yakima Training Center. Manastash Ridge East Peak, on the other hand, is two ridges away to the north.

Yakima Ridge straight ahead
Yakima Ridge straight ahead

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Yakima Ridge and Manastash Ridge East Peak at a Glance

Access: Yakima Training Center (access info)
Round Trip: 4.3 miles and 3 miles
Elevation Range: 2840′-4184′ and 2200′-3229′
Gear: none
Route Info: Bob Bolton
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Yakima Ridge High Point

Last month, I went through the lengthy process of getting a recreation card. So I wanted to come back again before it would soon expire. But this time, I only had to sign in and specify the zones for both places. Then we’re on our way.

Later we drove 20 miles to get to the bottom of the hills. Yes, this area is enormous! Only this time, we couldn’t drive up to the ridge as we did on Hog Ranch Buttes. So we started walking from the main road.

West peak from the road
West peak from the road

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The North Route

We followed a road that wasn’t on my map. But it went south in a straight line up to the ridge. The fresh snow from the past few days was just slick enough to have me start sliding. So I put on microspikes from the get-go.

Next to the road was a fence. Along the way, we would see signs that read “unexploded ordnance do not enter.” There’s nothing more comforting than walking alongside undischarged firearms and ammunition.

Don't even
Don’t even

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Yakima Ridge Summit

The scenery behind us was constant. Then it expanded quickly the minute we stepped onto the gusty ridge. Though, it was way too windy to enjoy the views. So we retreated to the north side of the crest.

The area looked more beautiful with a new white coat. I changed into dry clothes, and then we explored the top for a bit. Despite low clouds, I could still make out places like Selah Butte and Yakima Skyline Ridge,

Yakima Skyline Ridge and Selah Butte
Yakima Skyline Ridge and Selah Butte

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En Route to Manastash Ridge

On a clear day, we’d also see Mount Adams and maybe Mount Rainier. But not today. Soon, we left the windy ridge behind. The sun showed up for a few minutes on our way down. Though, it only cast rays on the other side of Selah Creek.

We still had time to make a quick hike up to Manastash Ridge. So from the gate, we went straight up the southern slopes. The hills looked steeper than it was. Then from the crest, we hiked west a short distance to reach the flat summit.

En route to Manastash Ridge East Peak
En route to Manastash Ridge East Peak

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Manastash Ridge East Peak Summit and Out

Despite low clouds, most notable places here were still visible. We could see Yakima Ridge, where we were earlier. Kittitas Valley and Interstate 82 were right under our feet. Plus, the west summit was just west of the freeway.

We left the top at sunset. But the 1.5 miles back to the bottom went by in the blink of an eye. Back at the car, I briefly talked to a man looking for a friend’s missing pup in the area. I hope they found that poor dog.

Kodak moment on Manastash Ridge East Peak
Kodak moment on Manastash Ridge East Peak

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  1. Miradna

    So beautiful! Wish I were there!

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