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    This week's adventure took my Dad and I to the Manastash area near Ellensburg in Washington State. We started at Rider's Camp (Buck Meadows) which is a primitive campground about 10 miles outside of Ellensburg. In town, the temperature was about 60 degrees, but when we got up onto the mountain, the temperature dropped to about 40. It was nice and sunny though and it eventually warmed up to the lower 80's.



    We headed out looking for Manastash Lake. We found trail number 1350 right next to the campground and headed up the mountain. The trail was a mix of dirt, rocks, tree roots, rocks, sharp turns, rocks, steep hills, rocks, nice flat areas, and rocks. It was hard for me, but it was very tough for my Dad.



    Trail Head:





    Lost Lake:







    There were many bridges along the trail:







    Manastash Lake:







    We made it to the top of the mountain and the Manastash Lake trail intersected a Jeep trail

    and began looking for the Moon Rocks and Funny Rocks.



    Funny Rocks (part of them, we think):







    Moon Rocks:







    On our way down the trail. We followed Jeep trail 4W307. The trail seemed harmless

    at the top of the ridge, but quickly turned into a nightmare on the way down.





    Our route:





    We went only 13 miles, but it was all in first gear. This was the toughest ride we have ever been on.

    The Manastash Trail was hard for us, but that damn Jeep trail just about killed us.
    If you can't find it, grind it

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    Great photos and riding...

    As a biginner myself, the spur jeep trail looks not for me yet..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BusyWeb View Post
    Great photos and riding...

    As a biginner myself, the spur jeep trail looks not for me yet..


    The Jeep trail at the top looked great and we thought we would have a nice ride down. It just turned into a steep rocky mess and at times it took both of us to get one bike down. I thought it would be hard, but I figured I would ride my bike down and walk up and ride my Dad's down. It was over my head.
    If you can't find it, grind it

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    Rainman, thanks again for yet another exceptional adventure report. You are very lucky to have the ultimate 'Adventure Partner', your Dad. Gerry



    Take care my Friend.........

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    Gerry,

    I am very lucky to be able to ride with my Dad. He is 62 and goes pretty much everywhere I do although its harder for him. Its nice that we can have that time together. I wish everyone could be as lucky as I am.
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    I need to get over to the east side of the state more often.



    I wish my old man would hang out with me like yours. His body is able be getting him motivated is another thing.



    Have you looked for the legendary Mel's hole over there at all?





    Backstory......



    Mel's Hole is the name given to an alleged geographic anomaly that is said to have been discovered near Ellensburg, Washington, on land belonging to local resident Mel Waters. Waters claimed that he lived in or near Manastash, Washington, about nine miles due west of Ellensburg. According to Waters, the hole has paranormal properties, including an infinite depth and the ability to restore dead animals to life.



    http://melshole.org/



    http://en.wikipedia....ki/Mel%27s_Hole



    http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4156


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    Hi Rainman,



    Lovely pictures!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrus View Post
    Hi Rainman,



    Lovely pictures!
    I agree, it's cool to here and see about others and the areas that they have to explore.



    Owen

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    Rainman,



    I was in Ellensburg a couple weeks ago because my oldest is heading for CWU this fall. My impresseion of the area was that it is completely barren. I was pleasantly surprized by your photos just 10 miles further west. Thanks for posting them.



    It is great to see a hiking trail open to motorcycles. Googling around I find this webpage, http://www.cooltrails.com/manastashlk.htm where he says:



    "Spacious campsites are scattered along the shore, each with a well-used fire ring. A nice campsite right at the edge of a mountain lake is a rare find, in these days of fervent riparian protectionism, where 100-foot restrictions are common. There is a trade-off, though. I said this is "almost ideal," not quite, because it’s open to motorcycles. The trail is too short to be of interest to very many of them, though, and those that we met were respectful of us hikers."



    BTW, the Mel's Hole story is great. I listened to parts of the radio interview. The guy is either one of the best storytellers ever, or he is telling the truth.



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    Mark,

    I too thought Manastash Ridge was a barren landscape filled with dirt and sagebrush and it is at the east end of it. As you go west, sagebrush mixes with pines and then pines mix with firs. It is truly a great place to hike or motorcycle. And yes, the lake does have a nice camp area along the shore. Its one big area so you may have neighbors if you decided to spend the night.
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