Umtanum Creek Canyon


Day Hike - Umtanum Creek Canyon

Only open to registration for enrolled students of the 2019 Intro to the Natural World course from April 16 to April 25. After that, all others may register. Come hike this fascinating canyon to look for birds, wildflowers, and plants. The geology is also remarkable here.

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

Meet at 6:30 AM at the 65th Street park and ride on the north side of 65th street, up under the I 5, at the far north end. We could make a stop at Preston Park and Ride to pick additional cars up. 

This is a spectacular birding hike early in the season. A good place to find Yellow-breasted Chats, Lazuli Buntings, and many more. The flowers are not abundant but can be good. Nice sagebrush habitat and we will have good views of the Columbia Lava flows.


Umtanum Creek Canyon

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Bring Washington wildflower Search and the Merlin apps on your smartphone or tablet.


The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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