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First time hiking in this area of Washington. The views were good and the trail was well marked. The person working at the lookout was friendly and took the time to show my kids, ages 7 and 9, around the lookout cabin.

There are two trails, one heading up the hill and one following the creek. There’s a fee to park in the lot. The trails are poorly marked and we were asked by multiple people where the falls were due to lack of signage.

hiking
21 days ago

What a perfect Sunday funday hiking Abercrombie Mountain north of Colville! It’s the second highest peak in Eastern Washington (by one little foot in elevation) at 7,310 feet. We saw fresh bear scat, tracks and scratches in a tree but sadly never saw our bear. I haven’t seen a view that spectacular since Scotchman Peak last summer. Highly recommended!

Did this trail yearly as a kid, love it. Lookout staffed in the summer and they are always friendly. Great views!

backpacking
1 month ago

Bring your camera and a little extra time to enjoy the serenity up here.

Great hike , a lot of rocks! So wear the right shoes , all incline while getting to destination. , ran into a ton of butterflies and dragonflies and falcons , felt like Narnia ! But there are deff rattlesnakes , so , be careful , I shared a photo and captured a METEOR IMPACT,, didn’t realize until I reviewed my pics at home , it was about 1.4 miles away from the end of the trail . Have fun !

backpacking
2 months ago

This is a great trail for out and back over night. It has a lot of elevation gain with a amazing vista views. You will be out is the wild with this trail! We saw a cinnamon bear, several snakes, and lots of fresh elk scat! Beware of swarming pine mosquitoes and dog ticks around the water holes. We did have lots of water in spring creeks every several miles. I don't believe they will be running later in the summer. We did climb over 3900 feet in the the first 11 miles before turning around. The best camp ground is located at the Thirteenmile road crossing.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike. We went left at the fork which led to state but pretty trails. A little too strenuous for us carrying 2 kids in backpacks but we enjoyed it. We only went out 1 mike because we didn’t take enough water. Will try again another day. The suspension bridge is fun.

Absolutely breathtaking views!

hiking
5 months ago

It was gorgeous, there are two trails, one goes along the creek and the other uphill. I went uphill early March and it was extremely muddy and challenging but well worth it. Extremely beautiful views.

great views and climb to top...snow and windy! Did not go around to Hooknose- next time!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike but I'll have to go back do to the weather being pretty socked in I really couldn't take advantage of the views but what I was able to see was great. Pretty good incline but fairly short distance well worth the time.

hiking
11 months ago

The road up was a little treacherous for the mid sized sedan rental car that I took (luckily it was a rental). But once we got to the trail, we were not disappointed. Beautiful pine forests cloaked the area in a thick pine scent that cannot be beat. Small waterfalls and cool mountain streams offered relief from the moderate heat encountered in the first couple miles. I was there in mid June and there were still patches of snow on the last mile or so with very large drifts at the peak. The view at the top was unbeatable. It was a little chilly at the top so expect to bring a sweatshirt if you plan on staying for an extended period of time. If I ever find myself in the area again, this is a definite.
Note that the coordinates supplied by AllTrails aren't accurate. Stay left and follow the signs for the trail head.

hiking
11 months ago

Road to Trailhead is ok until last mile, three large ruts and my friends mid size SUV scraped going out. Arrived early Sunday morning of Labor Day weekend to a empty TH., maybe five cars on return several hours later. Great well maintained trail that's recently had some work and weed whacking done. Trail switchbacks up and just enough shade along the trail, except the last mile to provide relief from the heat. Pretty hazy from the smoke but all and all great hike with stellar views.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! A little smokey but views were still amazing

trail running
11 months ago

This is a really fun and taxing run. I've done it 3 times, saw some cows once. Lots of critters. Didn't see any snakes but saw plenty of evidence of large animals. Overall this is a great trail with a good range of views and conditions. There's water(a creek) at the trailhead so load up before you start.

Monday, July 17, 2017

I loved this hike – keep in mind, I’m new to the hiking world this year.. so others may think differently
1st – the gravel road leading to the trail.. if you have a family van, or small car, you might rethink this trail – it’s not a bad road, but some vehicles might have some issues.
2nd – Amazing hike – this trail has a little of everything, deep wooded areas, vast open areas and amazing views everywhere you look. The peak of this trail is loose rock, so smaller kids, or older individuals might have a rough time with it.
3rd – this is a trail I will be hiking every year now – it’s great

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Saw a rattle snake on the way there and heard rattling on the way back, keep your eyes open. Nevertheless, it was all worth the view up top. The weather was also perfect, it was a bit cloudy and windy.

on Umtanum Canyon Trail

Monday, July 03, 2017

First, this appears to be a local hot spot for river rafting, so get there early for a good parking spot. We got there around 12:30 and the place was packed. Not many people on the trail though, which was nice. The first mile or so of the trail is uphill. Lots of loose rocks, so be carefull coming down, very slippery. Some areas had overgrown plants covering the trail. Other than that, nice views overall.

Friday, June 30, 2017

beautiful hike many scenic stops

backpacking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Backpacked up the canyon last week. Tough hike in the heat, with little shade, but well worth the views of the canyons, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams and the rest of the Cascades. Wow! We camped at the top and watched the sunset go on for hours and hours. Not a popular backpacking spot apparently, we had it to ourselves! Bring A LOT of water if you don't want to hike back down. Be aware of snakes, tiny scorpions and cacti.

backpacking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I really enjoyed this hike, though not necessarily for reasons that others would. First, I was overjoyed to have the entire area to myself. I saw only one other party while I was out, which was exactly what I needed. Second, it was open when most of the trails i wanted to do are still snowed in. The terrain was pretty, but not spectacular. There were small streams every couple miles, but I wouldn't be surprised if they dried up later in the season. The trail was faint in places, but nothing horrible. Overall, a very pleasant overnight trip.

Friday, May 19, 2017

This trail is desert, high chapparrel, Forest, with a sage meadow on summit. Bring extra water or filter pills as there is a creek flowing down the canyon. Most of the canyon is a gradual rise, and reaching the summit is worth the trek. you see the Ellensburg valley, and the Stewart Mt. range in the distance. The wildflower are beautiful ly diverse, and the low Meadows and rustic homestead are about half way up. Small creatures and snakes abound, and bring repellent for flyers.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Not a gimme...pretty good climb the last quarter mile which was even tougher going back down. Worth the summit views at the end. Beautiful wildflowers!

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

amazing views of Ellensburg. a bit windy when we went, but when isn't it?

Monday, May 08, 2017

Great first hike of the season! Took my mom and enjoyed the wildflowers and the views thanks to the clear, calm day. The babbling brook made it that much more charming!

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Made it about 3.5 miles up. Good for all ages our party ranged from 4-64 in age. Some loose rock at the beginning.

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Amazing views at the top! Perfect time to go is now! So many wildflowers, water was running, and not too hot out! Must pay $5 to park for the day- the discover pass does not work there. It was about 70 minutes to the top!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Good hike. Beautiful view at the top! Last half mile is a little more difficult than "moderate". Worth the effort!

hiking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

If you want to see what the trail looks like, check out: https://youtu.be/06Qy0Aot6z0
Total 1-way distance: 3.42 miles
Some trail info:
- There's still snow on the north side of the canyon, but it's melting. As a result, the snowmelt is pooling up or running under the still-melting snow. Be careful where you step on the snow or your feet will get wet! I wore my trail runners, and while my feet did get wet, they dried out quickly. No blisters either.
- Because of the snow I would also recommend poles.
- The "road" to the trailhead (Black Canyon Road) is very bumpy. If you don't have AWD or an SUV, I would recommend parking at the start of the road (right off N. Wenas Road) and walking from there. It's an extra two miles round trip (9 miles total).
- The end of the trail is very windy, so bring a windbreaker and gloves if you want to stay warm in the spring!
- No wildflowers yet; I'm guessing they'll show up in May. They apparently make the hike a very pretty one.

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