Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)


Backpack - Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)

Car shuttle loop up Kelly Hollow along Umtanum Ridge and down Black Canyon. Two nights at beautiful Oasis Springs on the ridge with off-day explorations toward the Yakima River. Wildlife, wildflowers and views!

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 27.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,000 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

Tibbets Lot Park and Ride Issaquah 9:30 AM

Need a minimum of 2 vehicles for shuttle.  Each vehicle needs a valid Discover Pass.  Topo Maps: USGS Wenas Lake and The Cottonwoods

Trail Miles are approximately:

Kelly Hollow TH to Oasis Springs camp- about 7 miles 2000' gain

Oasis Springs day hike w/o pack- about 10 miles RT 2000' loss and gain

Oasis Springs to Black Canyon TH- about 9 miles 200' gain, 1400' loss

While I would classify the trip as moderate, since it is early in the season and many of us are not in peak form, this may be quite challenging for some as a first trip of the year.  Please assess if your conditioning level is up for 2000' gain the first day with a full pack.  Have conditioning question please talk with me.


Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Extra warm clothes for cold nights, gloves and warm hat
  • Sun hat/sun lotion

Optional:  Binoculars, books, stories or poems to share



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