Day Hike - Umtanum Creek Canyon


Day Hike - Umtanum Creek Canyon

1st hike of my annual Yakima Canyon Wildflower Hike Series! NOT through the canyon, but instead up a steep trail up the hill on the north side of the canyon, through gorgeous flowers including balsamroot and lupine with views of the Yakima River

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

10:00am, Ellensburg I-90 exit 109 (Canyon Road) Conoco gas station

This is NOT a hike through the canyon, but rather we will be hiking steeply up the hill on the north side of the Umtanum Canyon mouth and then following the ridge to a high point overlooking the largest bend on the river.

The beginning (and end) of this hike will be very steep (700 feet in 1/2 mile) and loose in places. So please do not underestimate this trail! But it is rewarding, as we will be hiking through some gorgeous colors! Lupine, balsamroot, some bitterroot, and much more!

Trip report from last year:

The Yakima Skyline Race will be using our trailhead, but no worries, they will not be on our trails, plus they are kind enough to give up all the parking up close to the trail. It will be fun to spot trail runners on the hills opposite of where we will be.

This is one of two hikes I will be leading on this weekend. On Sunday, I will lead Yakima Skyline Ridge, and that hike as well as all my others can be found here:

There are some nice campgrounds along the river in the Yakima Canyon. If others are interested, we can camp out between the hikes and perhaps grill some food! Even if you are only doing one hike, still camp with us!


Umtanum Creek Canyon

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Hiking gear, good boots, sunglasses/sunscreen

Recommended: trekking poles, camera

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