Umtanum Ridge

A trail that leads out of Yakima and Umtanum Canyons up to the top of Umtanum Ridge, offering views of Mount Stuart, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood.

getting there

Take Exit 3 off of I-82 and turn right onto SR 821. At the next stop sign turn left to stay on SR 821 and continue 8 miles to the Umtanum Recreation Area after Milepost 16. Park in the gravel lot west of the highway.

Parking: The parking lot is managed by the BLM (U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management). The day use parking fee may be paid at the self-service fee station. Visit the BLM Permits and Passes website for other options.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft
  • 3,600 ft
  • USGS Selah
  • USGS Pomona
  • USGS Wymer
  • WA DNR Yakima
  • Green Dot Maps (

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Umtanum Ridge

Day Hiking Trip
Spring hike of two trails (Umtanum and Wenas Wildlife Area).
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Apr 30, 2023
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
7 participants
Registration opens Apr 3
Seattle Branch

Seattle MAC - Conditioning Hike - Umtanum Ridge

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
A conditioning hike to help prepare and train for backpack trips, longer backpack trips, glacier
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, May 6, 2023
6 participants 0 instructors 2 chaperones
Registration closes May 4
Seattle Branch
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