Day Hike - Umtanum Ridge


Day Hike - Umtanum Ridge

Sunbreak trip to Eastern WA

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft

Issaquah Transit Center at 7am.

Even by Seattle standards the last few weeks have been especially grey and rainy. The current forecast predicts a weather window east of the Cascades on Sunday, so the goal of this trip will be to spend some time in the sun in wide open spaces under mostly clear skies. Forecasts often change so we may or may not get all this, but as the saying goes "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take", so we'll take this one.

Even though it will probably be sunny it will still be cold, and there is usually wind on the ridge itself, so don't be lulled by the blue skies.  We will still need to dress for the weather and be prepared for precipitation just in case.  It's early season in the Umtanum area so we might encounter trail damage or other obstacles to due to the recent winter.  We'll be flexible and adapt as necessary.

Pace will be in the easy side of moderate.

Because this is a last minute trip posting the signup deadline is Saturday noon, and the The Trip Leader will not send the pre-trip email until Saturday afternoon.

Drivers:  Ideally we will bring three cars, so if you can drive please do, and please indicate it in your carpool preferences so we know we have enough cars. The roads are all good so no special vehicles are necessary, but a Discover pass is required.


Umtanum Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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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