CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Umtanum Ridge

This is some of the best desert hiking in Washington where you'll see lots of wildlife, a full palate of colors produced by blooming flowers in spring, and views of Mount Stuart, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount Hood. Consider staying in the area for the weekend and joining us for the CHS 2 hike to Black Canyon on 4/17!

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Plan to meet at the trailhead.  Will look at starting a little later morning as this hike is a significant drive from Seattle area.  

Leaders will be staying in the area and leading hikes both Sat/Sun so if participants would like to do the same (availability permitting) or has questions feel free to email! 

This hike is a lot of elevation for early season so we will pace accordingly.  Eastern WA hike typically with beautiful wildflowers, majestic ridge views, and hopefully sun! 


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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