Ascent of Manastash Ridge on 2016-07-17

Climber: Bob Bolton

Others in Party:Ken Russell -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Manastash Ridge
    Elevation:6335 ft / 1930 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were lucky to find the road that took us to where we started hiking. The roads on the maps (FR590 and FR676) are both serious 4WD or ATV tracks, and even though my 4Runner does pretty well on pretty nasty roads, I chose not to tackle the last part of 590 and avoided 676 entirely. The key is to take road 1901 from the Upper Naches River road (not too long after the junction with SR410), then turn right on spur road 1915 and follow it to Lily Pond Lake, which is near the junction of 590 and 676. At the top of two side-by-side hill climb tracks at this junction, we found a trail heading up the rib toward the summit and followed it until it became a maze on the easily climbed burned hillside leading to the summit ridge.

The end of road 1915 goes right by the east end of Lily Pad Lake. By this time the road is nothing but dirt. We were worried that rain could make it very slick, and there were ruts that led straight into a ditch on the east side of the road. When the rain started in earnest on our descent, we wasted no time getting into the 4Runner and driving down to the lake, but alas it was too late and the ruts leading to the ditch were already so slick that I couldn't pull out of them. I studied the situation in a downpour for some time, and finally decided to check the vegetation between the road and the swamp on the lake margin. The vegetation made the dirt firm and it wasn't slick, so I drove on the edge of the road with my right tires in the vegetation and no tires in the ruts. Then after leaving the lake I had to drive very carefully until getting back to the nice gravel surface of road 1915.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1075 ft / 327 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1075 ft / 327 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1075 ft / 327 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:abandoned trail/x-c
    Start Trailhead:N47.01400 W121.04587  5260 ft / 1603 m
    Time:59 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1075 ft / 327 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:abandoned trail/x-c
    End Trailhead:N47.01400 W121.04587  5260 ft / 1603 m
    Time:44 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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