Umtanum Creek Canyon


Backpack - Umtanum Creek Canyon

An early season trip to practice with our gear in an enchanting setting.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft

Meeting details to be determined.  Aiming for 9:30am or later departure (to miss the morning commuters).

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.

On Friday, starting at the trailhead and hike along the creek to appealing campsites.  Camp there.  Optional evening day hike once camp has been set up.  On Saturday, more optional exploration before we pack up camp and hike back to the trailhead.

Wild flowers should be in bloom!  Camera recommended.


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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