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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

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!


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.

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.

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

Seems good so far.

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

Great, especially for the price.

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