Just outside of Ellensburg this is a road walk that is gated through the end of April. Enjoy snowfree hike with flowers starting to come out. At top is the observatory (usually closed) with great views to north and south. Thanks to Alan Bauer and Dennis Long for photos.
|View from top - Stuart Range @ Alan Bauer|
|Pines with Stuart Range in background|
|Big herd of Elk @ Dennis Long|
|Grass Widow @ Alan Bauer|
|Desert Lupine @ Alan Bauer|
Trail stats: Hike to about 2.4 miles on the main road then at a junction veer to the right and go to head to the observatory. At 4.6 miles you reach the ridge, go right on ridge road and at 4.9 miles you reach the observatory. Gain under 1000 feet with top close to 3900 feet.
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