Backpack - Umtanum Creek Canyon


Backpack - Umtanum Creek Canyon

This is an easy overnight of 6-10 miles and under 1000 feet of elevation gain, through a lush desert canyon in Eastern Washington. Hike through tall canyon walls looking for flowers blooming and wildlife who come to drink from the creek. Offered as part of the B3 course but open to all qualified Mountaineers members over 18.

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  • Sat, May 14, 2016 — Sun, May 15, 2016
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft
  • Umtanum Creek Trailhead (46.8554, -120.4833).  More details to be provided by the leader in advance of the trip.
  • This is a leisurely overnight trip offered as a teaching backpack in conjunction with the Backpacking Building Blocks course, though open to all qualified Mountaineers members over 18.
  • We’ll start by crossing a wood suspension bridge spanning the Yakima River. From here we will gain access to the Umtanum Creek Trail, and hopefully some springtime color. With a bit of luck we will encounter wildflowers in bloom as we travel up the canyon. Expect 3 to 5 miles of travel up the canyon as we look for a campsite, and discuss important features of a good location. Be prepared for warm days and cold nights during the early spring, and bring a Discover Pass.

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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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