Umtanum Creek Falls Trail

EASY 56 reviews

Umtanum Creek Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Selah, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles
114 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


This is a 1 mile point-to-point trail, making 2 miles total (unsure why AllTrails's automated system says 3.6 miles). The trail meanders by a stream through aspen, birch and pine groves until it reaches a small basalt column cirque with a waterfall. Best in spring, but doable in all but the dead of winter.

8 days ago

Trail was covered in ice. Very dangerous conditions on 2/11/18. The drive up appeared to be favorable... but the packed ice in the vicinity of the trail made it treacherous.

Try it again in after a few more weeks.

5 months ago

easy hike in and out.

This is a really fun trail a few snakes lots of deer kids loved it

6 months ago

This is a great recovery day, relaxing trail!!

6 months ago

It's a fun little hike! The end is the real pretty part, or I guess what I mean is I wouldn't do the hike if it were not for the pretty falls at the end. The hike on is pretty but nothing special. If you have dogs or young kids getting to the bottom of the falls (where the real view is) would be pretty difficult. We also saw a snake on the rocks getting down there, it was small and didn't appear dangerous but it made me think it would be a good spot for rattlesnakes. If you go, bring a beverage to enjoy below the falls- it's really pretty.

6 months ago

fun and easy, takes about 30 minutes, at a 6 year olds pace. slightly difficult to get to the bottom of the water fall with little kids.

it was fun watch out for rattlesnake

6 months ago

Great trail, not a hard trek, not over run with people (passed people on the way there and back but that's all we encountered) and the waterfall is worth the heat!

7 months ago

I love it

7 months ago

Easy hike, took my 7 year old, and backpacked my 2 year old. It ended up being right around 3 miles round trip. Once you get to the water fall, it's kind of hard to get down, due to the loose dirt and rocks, but manageable. Definitely a gorgeous view, and can't wait to go again!

7 months ago

Loved this trail and waterfall!

7 months ago

Hike was a little harder than expected, however this was my first hike.

8 months ago

Fun and easy trail

8 months ago

great hike! saw beautiful butterflies all over and no snakes! Getting to the bottom of the waterfall was definitely a challenge but well worth it.

9 months ago

10 months ago

The trail is washed out a few times and difficult to cross the creek at two or three points with and a lot of mud! But it was fun and the falls is great :)

10 months ago

First off this is not in Selah! It's in Ellensburg! Horrible hike for this time of year, snow is melting and the river kept cutting off the trail and was not able to make it to the actual falls. the river or Creek was too wide to cross especially with little dogs! super muddy, just a dang mess! would not recommend until late late summer or winter time!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Beautiful winter hike! Snow on the trail is compact enough to walk comfortably, although crampons will help with the slipping.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A pretty unique and fun trail! I definitely recommend checking it out! You come up on the top of the waterfall at the end and to get down to the bottom you hike to the left over the rocks and you will then see the trail to go down more rocks to get to the bottom. I have hiked down it in the hot dry summer and when it was covered in snow with my two dogs (without shoe spikes or cramp-ons which I would have liked to have on) and we did not have any problems going down or getting back up except for a couple of slips in the snow that were not bad.

It is worth it to go down to the bottom and see the waterfall in its whole glory. It is a pretty unique trail and a hidden gem in the middle of nowhere. It is one of my favorite short hikes even when it is a couple of feet deep in snow. When it gets warm out definitely BE AWARE of your surrounds and watch out for rattle snakes!!!! Especially if your fur babies come along.

Saturday, November 19, 2016


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