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Manastash ???
« on: April 25, 2017, 11:15:40 PM »
Looking for a little help in the Manastash unit. I grew up hunting it, basically from Joe Watt up to Tamarack Springs as well as up around Quartz/Frost Mtn. I haven't hunted the unit since a family member died there back in the early 90's but after a 25 year hiatus, I want to go back.

My question is, I've only entered the unit from the I-90 side, Elk Heights area, now that I'll be coming from Kelso, I want to know what the shortest route into the unit would be, I've looked at mapquest and see roads off of Chinook pass but then I hear about washed out roads so I guess I'm trying to avoid wasting a lot of gas figuring out which road(s) will get me there. I plan on making a couple scouting trips this summer, maybe more if I draw anything. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Btw, driving a Dakota 4x4 and I'm not afraid to use it. :archery_smiley:

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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 05:16:31 AM »
Is that the blue Dakota?

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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2017, 12:46:30 PM »
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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2017, 12:51:22 PM »
If you go over White Pass, you can take Bald Mountain Road (I think 1701) and get into the Manastash unit that way. It's not the best road, and there's only one way that I know of. The rough part is going over the top of Manastash Ridge. I did it in my Chevy Silverado so it's not really that bad, just rocky and rough.

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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2017, 01:29:15 PM »
I wouldn't bother going over 1701 or even going in from the Naches side at all. I've done it multiple times and the roads get crazy and it takes forever. I would just drive I-90 to Thorp and follow Taneum Creek up. That would be faster IMO.

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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2017, 01:31:10 PM »
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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2017, 01:41:24 PM »
I'm not sure I-90 would be any faster with the possible slow traffic you could get caught up in. Even with no traffic issues it wouldn't take much longer to go White Pass, and instead of taking 1701 over the ridge, take I-82, or the Canyon road, up to Ellensburg, and then into the Manastash. I would definitely avoid going through Olympia/Tacoma/Puyallup if possible.

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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2017, 01:55:26 PM »
I'm not sure I-90 would be any faster with the possible slow traffic you could get caught up in. Even with no traffic issues it wouldn't take much longer to go White Pass, and instead of taking 1701 over the ridge, take I-82, or the Canyon road, up to Ellensburg, and then into the Manastash. I would definitely avoid going through Olympia/Tacoma/Puyallup if possible.
Thought about this too, just thought there might be a shorter, back door way in there.

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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2017, 02:02:16 PM »
The 1701 route is shorter but it ends up taking just as long as driving all the way around, staying on the pavement. Just depends on what you're in the mood for, a nice smooth ride, or a rough ride where you might see some animals.

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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2017, 02:15:17 PM »
I read Kelso and for some reason thought Kennewick. But which is the fastest route depends on where your end destination is in the unit. With that being said, I would just take 1701 and maximize time spent in the woods. Just enjoy the drive until Barber Springs then suck it up until you get through that and you'll be good to go.

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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2017, 02:19:22 PM »
Just for future reference, if you take 1701 from Hwy 410 all the way to I-90 at Cle Elum, you're probably looking at 5 or 6 hours. If you take pavement all the way around through Yakima then Ellensburg, then you're looking at 2 hours. I've done both routes many times.

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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2017, 05:36:16 PM »
From the end of pavement at 1701 & 410 to I-90 & E-burg....I'd say plan for at least 3 hours. Definitely saving on gas because of the snail pace but the sights and sounds make it worth it just a long, bumpy drive.
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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2017, 05:47:01 PM »

I Believe there is a Gate on Top that prevents the crossover of the Taneum to Chinook Pass During Hunting season
Some one correct me if Wrong

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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2017, 07:20:59 AM »
I also took a break from this area, but not because of the same sad reason. I had a cow permit two seasons ago and returned.  Once you decide your route, you will find most of the areas that were clear cut have grown in and the roads have trees and brush growing in the shoulder.  There is also more ATV use and abuse.  The big change for you will be the spike only.  For camping with guns, it is fun.

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Re: Manastash ???
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2017, 08:30:42 PM »
The 1701 route is shorter but it ends up taking just as long as driving all the way around, staying on the pavement. Just depends on what you're in the mood for, a nice smooth ride, or a rough ride where you might see some animals.
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