Hike to the river, and journey through verdant forest over deer and elk trails with a knowledgeable guide. Learn area history, folklore, native plants and wildlife. Approximate trip length covers 2 ½ -3 miles and is recommended for Ages 8 and up. Please wear hiking or tennis shoes. Advance reservations required. Call 509-649-6461.
This trail climbs steadily, and at times steeply, to the top of Manashtash Ridge. Hikers will enjoy ascending through the Kittitas Valley's native shrub steppe, as well as the wide range of wildflowers that bloom in the area. Wildlife is also abundant on this trail, ranging from the reptilian to the avian. After the climb, hikers are rewarded with the beautiful views of the Kittitas Valley, the Stuart Mountain Range and Mission Ridge. Guests signing up for this hike should be in reasonably good physical condition. This hike is 2 miles uphill (4 roundtrip), sometimes steep. Hikers should come prepared with good shoes for hiking, clothing layers (non-cotton) including hat and gloves during colder months, snack and water.
This peaceful, relatively flat Washington State hike follows the Cooper River to Cooper Lake. Hikers follow a beautiful trail that will take them through old growth forest with bursts of wildflowers. Along the way, there is also plenty of opportunity to glimpse at the river and enjoy the many species of birds and wildlife that thrive in this area. The trail ends at the crystal clear mountain lake, and hikers will be shuttled back to the lodge. Great hike for beginners or families with children. This hike is 3.5 miles one way with only a 400' elevation (mostly flat). Guests should come prepared with clothing layers (non-cotton), water, snack, and good shoes for hiking.
**Lunch may be provided for guests at the lake for an additional cost.
Trail begins with a steady climb along Thorp Creek. After about 1.5 miles the trail opens up into meadows full of wildflowers and lovely views of the Thorp Valley. We will take a short break at Thorp Lake then continue up to the top of Thorp Mountain and the sweeping 360 degree views of the surrounding valleys, mountains and lakes. Drinks and snacks will be provided to you while you enjoy this pristine mountain setting. Much of this hike is uphill, some quite steep. You should be in very good physical condition for this hike.
This trail is a steady climb along Thorp Creek with abundant wildlife along the way. As you get higher the trail opens up meadows full of wildflowers and lovely views leading to beautiful Thorp Lake. In the fall the trail is covered with huckleberries and beautiful fall colors. Drinks and snacks will be provided to you while you enjoy a rest at the lake.
*Note: Please do not wear any cotton clothing (sweatshirts, jeans, etc.). Unlike wool and polypropylene, cotton will not keep you warm when it gets wet.
Transportation: Transportation is not provided by Blue Sky Outfitters. Location of activity is in Leavenworth, Washington.
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