No Windfalls to Worry About
This ride totally changed my opinion of Ellensburg. No offense but I have never spent time there before and only thought of Ellensburg as a gas and coffee stop with a lot of wind.
Conditions couldn't have been any better. The wild flowers were on the decline but still abundant and the trail mostly firm. You even get a spectacular view of Rainier. Pine Oasis was quite overgrown and there wasn't a tire track even in the areas which were soft. Many times I thought I took a wrong turn. I wanted to take Burro Loco to Friskey Donkey but couldn't find the trail. In retrsopect I now know where it was but it was completely covered in long grass which made me believe at the time it couldn't have been the established trail and since I don't like to tread, I turned around and rode Gunsmoke. The trails don't seem to get a lot of use. Beautiful sunny day and I only saw four other bikes. Not complaining.
Good climbing followed by nice single track through rolling green hills. It doesn't get any better. Probably a little too tame for a lot of you I am sure.
If you are going to go, go soon while it is still green and the temperature moderate.