CHS 2 Hike - Umtanum Ridge

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Umtanum Ridge

Steep hike out of Yakima and Umtanum Canyons to the top of Umtanum Ridge, offering views of Mount Stuart, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood. Early season wildflowers, birds, and wildlife.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft

7 AM departure from multiple starting locations. We will consolidate  into an efficient car pool, taking only the minimum number of cars needed.

Umtanum Ridge offers a unique vantage point (3400 ft) from which to enjoy the fascinating high desert country  of the Yakima Valley area. This ridge is the middle one among the three lava folds of black basalt that run parallel to each other. Manastash ridge lies to the north, and Yakima ridge runs parallel south of us.

The steep hillsides leading up to these ridges are filled with endless wildflowers in spring. Birds and wildlife abound, and a clear day will bring views of Mount Stuart, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood.

It is a long drive, and a steep climb, and both are worthwhile because of the striking and dramatic  terrain that awaits us.

This hike is best done in early spring, because of the general lack of tree cover, and hot desert conditions that occur during late spring and all summer long.


Umtanum Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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