Backpack - Black Canyon

Black Canyon

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6:30 AM at TBD
Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

A stunning canyon in the Ellensburg-Yakima high desert country, with black basalt slopes below steep hillsides, hillsides of brilliant wildflowers, an old settlers log cabin, groves of aspen and cottonwoods, and an array of birds. An avian paradise. In addition to ever-present raptors that soar above, the area also boasts populations of morning doves, western kingbirds, grouse, partridge and chukars. The general area is one of the richest ecosystems in all of Washington.

At 3.5 miles from the trailhead, the road crests at Umtanum Ridge. We'll camp somewhere along the ridge. Time for additional exploring in the area on Saturday afternoon; lets hope for good dark-sky star gazing at night.

On Sunday I'd like to arrange for another day-hike in the area after we get back to the trailhead; there are probably a dozen interesting places to choose from...and the distance to the trail-heads will be measured in minutes, not Seattle-to-trailhead hours !!

Water sources will be scarce and we may need to have to bring a rather full supply.

More details about gear requirements and assistance with food planning and packing will be included in leader emails prior to the trip. The trip may be cancelled or the destination changed if weather turns poor.

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