Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)


Day Hike - Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)

Birding, flower identification and often butterflies galore, with great geological interest, wonderful views and several life zones to traverse. Summer migrants are often newly arrived.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,250 ft

We will meet at the trailhead at 11 AM.  We will caravan from the Indian John Hill Rest Area so we can bird and botanize on the way at several interesting spots. Plan to be at the  rest area by 8:50 AM (ETD from Seattle around 7 AM). It will be a long day out, but well worth it

This is a naturalist trip, which means frequent stops and a generally slower pace going uphill. There is great flower diversity and summer migrant birds should be newly arrived and active. Preference will be given to members of the naturalist study group and Introduction to the Natural World Class. People in these groups can assume they have leader permission to register


Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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