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Umtanum Creek Canyon Trail

MODERATE 60 reviews

Umtanum Creek Canyon Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ellensburg, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 574 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

over grown

fee

Note: This trail is closed after ~3 miles to protect sensitive wildlife until July 15th, 2019. Fee: $5

hiking
14 days ago

This was a great hike. A light dusting of snow on the trail. Beautiful views of the canyon. About a mile in, you have to climb up and over some loose rock. You also have to cross the river twice. The river crossings were a little intimidating, but with careful foot placement and a little help from the hubby, I made it across. The trail is CB marked with orange ties in several places, do if you are unsure which way to go look for the orange ties.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

You don’t need to pay 5$ if you’ve got an America de beautiful pass. But they don’t accept northwest forest pass

bugs
1 month ago

This is a really interesting trail that can involve rattle snakes, bull snakes, scorpions and such if you're lucky to run into them. Not very often they show up, but they are there as soon as warm weather hits, so watch your steps. If you come in at the right time, you will spot a few rams, deer or elks, and coyotes up on the hills. Please make sure you have plenty of water, note book, binoculars, map or GPS with you because of lots of exploring & navigating through the trails. This is one of the big adventure trails with many opportunities out here, but so worth to check out your self.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

A sea of gold yesterday at Umtanum Creek Canyon. Swinging suspension bridge, rambling river, groves of apple trees, a chattering creek and remnant of an old homestead ~ but the show stopper was the glow of the young Aspens along the canyon floor. Easy 5-10 mile trail for all fitness levels. Will definitely go back in the spring for the wildflower display. The trail is a bit tricky to follow, even with the GPS map ~ don’t give up, that’s half the adventure! The trick is to stay to the RIGHT after the message board (heading left leads you up a steep ridge) and RIGHT again at the first fork in the road about 3/4 of a mile in. The best write up I could find about this trail, if you are looking for additional info ~ https://www.myellensburg.com/hiddentreasures/umtanumcreek/

hiking
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Awesome weather today, partly cloudy, not cold at all. Lost the trail a couple times but no biggie. Saw a rattle snake, some wild turkeys and wild apple trees!

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

Your are supposed to pay $5 to park and if you are staying over night $15 , however I did not and when we got back I didn’t have a ticket. There was a couple of people camping and 2 or 3 cars there. But no one else was on the trail. When you look at this trail, you would think it’s a nice easy hike with a slow elevation to the top. It is definitely not that. We stayed to the left since there was 2 options once we started the hike it was an immediate start going up a very steep hill with lots of rocks straight up. It was a consistent up all the way to the top there was so switch backs at all you are going straight up the mountain the whole time. There are parts of the trail that is over grown and you had to duck your head to get through the bushes. We had gone on a wet day so it was slippery going up the mountain. We had tracked in and out was 7.1 miles and an elevation gain of 2,143. The elevation it says in here is incorrect from what it says. It took us about 2 hours and 45 minutes from top to bottom. Staying at the top for 15 minutes. When coming down it is very hard on your shins and we had fallen a couple of time from how steep it was going down. Would recommend this for more experience hikers.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Really beautiful hike, but you have to pay $5.00 at the trailhead (BLM recreation site) and can't use Discovery or NW Forest passes. Not much signage and there seem to be 2 different trails that fork after the railroad tracks. We hiked up the steeper side that had scree and was much more open than the trail that was lower and had more vegetation. Agree that it's very overgrown and that it could be snake city :) It's hot so wearing long sleeves and pants is hard. Would do it again in the fall when the rattlers are less active and the vegetation has died back. Went about 3 miles in and turned around.

hiking
4 months ago

Such a wonderful hike with many trails and paths to choose from with beautiful views

hiking
bugs
closed
over grown
rocky
6 months ago

Went on 5/25/19 Trail is popular, lots of other hikers there, with kids and dogs. There are tons of ticks. Saw garter snakes and a lizard, some weird bugs, not much other wildlife. Trail is extremely overgrown and with wild rose bushes so wear pants and long sleeves. Sign at the head of the trail says it is close about 3.5 miles in until July 15 to protect sensitive wildlife. Trail becomes harder to see and follow and markers are few and far between toward the 3 mile mark. Surrounding area was crowded with rock hounds. My friend and I found what appears to be volcanic glass and petrified wood. Plants include sage, rose, nepeta, salvia (not yet in bloom), sunflowers, aspen, pine, storks bill, beech, maple, iris, yarrow, among others I can’t identify. There were also plenty of mushrooms. I hope to return later this summer to complete the trail and get to the waterfall said to be at the end.

6 months ago

Hiked on 5/19. Trail needs maintenance badly. Very overgrown. Also, trail has been washed out in multiple locations by the creek and alternate trail is not well marked. Crossed creek twice on logs and at one point walked up into scree. Saw three rattlesnakes. Also saw two peregrine falcons and other raptors.

6 months ago

The trail is severely overgrown and in desperate need of maintenance. Which is a shame because it is a beautiful area. Also beware of Ticks. We pulled a few dozen off of each of us.

7 months ago

Hike on Thursday 5/9. only made it a little ways up before a rattler right next to the trail warned me not to go any further...I obeyed.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike. Saw a few bull snakes no ratters. Got back to where the old house was. The lilacs were in bloom as well as the apple trees. Trail was ok. Some bushy areas but they made for nice shade. Cliff sides were covered in flowers. Great day to go.

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

hiking
muddy
no shade
over grown
8 months ago

Not too much to see.

hiking
off trail
snow
9 months ago

Couldn’t get too much farther than the 3-mile point. Rest of the trail is snowed over. Regardless it was a beautiful day out and a wonderful hike.

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