The state will open approximately 6 miles of green dot roads to vehicular access on the south side of Manastash Ridge for the start of the spring recreation season.
Managed by the state Department of Natural Resources’s Southeast Region office, the Wenas recreation area is southwest of Ellensburg.
Earlier this fall, the department made the decision to close the area’s W4210 Road, which is approximately 2 miles long. This allowed for funding to open and manage the new section of road.
The new section of green dot road, titled “Hudson Creek Loop,” will open motorized vehicle access to the W5620 and W5600 green dot roads.
You can see a map of the area at dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amp_rec_manastash_map.pdf.
Green dot roads are part of a cooperative road management program between public land management agencies and private landowners. In the green dot road management system, all roads in an area are closed unless posted open with a green dot.
All other roads and trails in these areas are closed to all motor vehicles including ATVs and snowmobiles.
Green dot maps of most areas are free and available at state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources offices.