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  • Writer's pictureMarkdavin Obenza

HIKE 03: Manastash Ridge Trail (Central WA)

My brother scored tickets to hike the enchantments this September 2021 and I’m going on a bunch of hikes to get my butt in shape. Will be documenting and reviewing these hikes and talking about the gear I’m using.

Hike 03: Manastash Ridge Trail (Central WA)

May 7, 2021

Length: 3.6 miles round trip

Gain: 1574 ft.

Highest Point: 3500 ft

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While this hike only boasts 1500 ft in about 1.7 miles, it was quite the calf-quad burner (at least for me). An unrelenting climb up without switchbacks through an oddly green desert landscape peaking around 3500 ft was not as easy as I thought. We talk about my shoes and the different readings between Margaret's Fitbit and my Garmin watch. Located in Central, WA, this intermediate hike is much better than climbing stairs. Beautiful payoff!


REI Stormbolt Rain Jacket ($279)

A replacement for my last jacket that did not keep me dry. Didn't get a chance to use it, but from what it feels like, it should do a much better job in the rain.

Patagonia Nano Puff ($200)

Love these jackets. I had a blue one, but too small for me right now. I FELT LIKE A SAUSAGE IN IT (ugh), so I bought a larger size.

Garmin Solar Instict Watch ($399)

Altitude, barometer, compass, carolrie counter, GPS, steps, heart rate, oximeter all in one watch.

Russell Dri-fit shirt ($12)

Seems good so far.

Hoka One Hiking Boots ($220)

Still feels great. A little bounce makes me feel like I've got Jordans on.

Costco Carbon Fiber Polls ($30)

Great, especially for the price.

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