You gotta love people who love their jobs this much. This road wound its way around the bases of the wind turbines as it climbed the ridge. The visitor center was perched at the very top with several other cars in the parking lot, proving a few other inquiring minds had found their way here, too.
Whiskey Dick Mountain is the highest point in a large area of land east of Ellensburg and north of I as it drops from Ellensburg to Vantage. There is a somewhat popular hike here described in a few books. But, almost all reports are wrong about the location of the true summit.
Jump to navigation. From the moment they come into view as you climb the rolling hills just east of Ellensburg, what strikes you first about the turbines of the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility is their scale. Structures that looked like tiny black pinwheels on toothpicks stuck into the dry earth from just a few short miles away quickly grow into towering white giants that make you feel like a shrunken Alice after a sip from the bottle.
Puget Sound Energy's Wild Horse Wind Farm, northeast of Ellensburg, offers 11, acres of rocky scrubland for bikers and hikers to explore — while getting a close-up look at foot-tall wind turbines. Also too old, and too weak. Fortunately, I was on a more modest mission: to ride among the monumental, sturdy trunks that punctuate the windswept skyline near Whiskey Dick Mountain.
Within the 28,acre The farm, with wind turbinesis owned by Puget Sound Energy. Access to land owned or leased by the power company is open to the public for recreational use by permit only;  the area provides opportunities for hiking and hunting.
See weather forecast. Drive east on Interstate 90 to exit for Kittitas and head north over the freeway. Turn right onto Railroad Avenue and continue onto Clark St.
Following directions in Best Desert Hikes Washingtonwe turned off Highway 14 and followed a bumpy road for a bit before parking. We could see north to Whiskey Dick Mountain from our parking spot:. In the distance we could see the Columbia River.
Walk the old road about a mile or 1. From the end of the road, drop down the nose of the ridge into Rocky Coulee and head downstream to a good game-boot trail on the left ascending Whiskey Dick Ridge. After feet of fairly steep climbing, the trail levels out some and becomes faint, but just make your way across the bench and climb the last feet or so to the ridgetop. When you come to the road along the top of Whiskey Dick Ridge, turn left and follow it until it begins to traverse around the obvious high point Point and climb to the top.
Stand under a tower and you hear the ocean, but faster. The gentle swoosh, swoosh, swoosh of the blades rolls over you like up-tempo waves lapping on a beach. Only there is no water here.