Backpack - Umtanum Creek Canyon


Backpack - Umtanum Creek Canyon

Two day mid-week backpack to Umtanum Canyon. B3 backpack activity.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft

Leader will provide instructions for meeting time and date at a later time.

  • A wonderful canyon hike with a creek, beaver dams and some nice meadows.  Over the river, under the railroad track and up the canyon we go.  Advertised as a day hike this is a great first overnight backpack.  700ft of elevation gain, 2 – 3 miles of hiking, and lots of time to do it with.  A good opportunity to get that first one under your belt.

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.  . There will be fresh water available on the trail, an opportunity to try out the different purification methods.  Lightweight backpacking is encouraged. Generally, your backpack (with food and water) should weigh 35 pounds or less.

The leader will have a short trip planning meeting scheduled for May 18, Monday. All trip participants are expected to attend the planning meeting. Details about gear requirements and assistance with food planning and packing will be discussed at that meeting.  We will also discuss carpool details at that meeting.

The trip may be cancelled or the destination changed if weather turns poor.


Umtanum Creek Canyon

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
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