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Umtanum Creek Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ellensburg, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 150 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Closed
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Note: As of September 2020, this trail is closed due to wildfire danger. 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.

Parking available at trailhead; no other facilities.

From Yakima, take N Wenas Rd through the LT Murray Recreation area until you reach the trailhead on the right. From Ellensburg, take Umtanum Road until you reach the trailhead on the left. The trailhead is marked on Google Maps as "Umtanum Creek Trailhead - Parking" and is hard to miss. Discover Pass required.

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Jamie Stieg
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HikingClosed

We had to drive on a primitive road for about 20 minutes only to find out the walk has been closed due the fires.

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Briauna Marquis
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Hiking

This was a good little hike for kids. The waterfall was pretty and I’m sure is even more awesome at the beginning of the season. There were some tough areas for kids.

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Cass Lehmkuhl
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

short but filled with lots of different scenery. perfect for kids and lots of little creeks in the spring

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Cynthia Christensen
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Leanne Cook
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WalkingGreat!

Beautiful trail. Not much trash as others reported. Quick hike with lots of different paths that’s get you to the same place! Getting all the way down to the base of the falls was difficult and steep if you want to see them from the front.

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Matt Sutherland
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Over grown

trail is fairly overgrown but not too hard to follow. Quite a bit of trash at the start of the trail.

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Josh King
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Hiking

Nice little hike. The falls were a trickle in mid-August, but a pretty spot.

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Alyse Busby
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Hiking

Beautiful trail not well marked but long as you follow the map easy to find a little scary getting to the bottom with kids but was able to make it with 10, 8, 6 and 3 year old kids and puppy tagging along all in all very fun hike

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Tabitha Burgin
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Was a decent hike. We completed the hike on 8/2/2020. One part of the trail was a mud pit. There were logs down to walk over but they moved and I still ended up with a muddy shoe. We went super early so we saw lots of wildlife. Started to get pretty busy on our way back out.

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Lorena Torres
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HikingBugs

Really easy trail just gotta watch out there’s a lot of little snakes. I would recommend bringing some bug spray!

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Paco Alfaro
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HikingRocky

I went there with the intention of doing a small BBQ. It's doable, but you may want to pack lighter. I took a small cooler with wheels and was able to make it there, but there are some places that are bit rocky, muddy, and hard to find the going up hill just to go down to the waterfall might kill you. However, at the end it was worth it. The water is cold but with the heat you will dry up in a few minutes.

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Johnell Holmboe
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Hiking

Snakes! fun hike tho!!! Hard to get the baby’s down to the bottom, but we managed!

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Julieanne Fry
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Hiking

Saw rattlesnakes and the trail was very dry dirt so a bit shifty in spots but the waterfall was beautiful and the bit of rock scrambling was fun

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Zach Fuecker
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Hiking

Very easy and quick hike to the falls (which were smaller than expected, but pleasant nonetheless). We had a little room to lay a couple towels down for a quick picnic next to the waters edge, but can get crowded quick! Fun little hike!

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Kimmy Elias
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BugsMuddyOver grownRocky

This is a great trail, but it is not a beginner one and it can be easy to go off trail sometimes. I would not call it easy if you aren't athletic. You have to climb up a small rock wall, and many spots are treacherous. Not for people with knee problems.

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Shawn Copeland
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BugsMuddyRocky

Very rough dirt road for 7 miles coming from the Ellensburg direction, after the pavement ends. Once you get to the parking area the trail is the one to the left. Lots of people going and coming so you have to stop occasionally to let people pass by. Trail is not difficult, but if you progress on toward the trail that goes to the bottom of the falls, that part gets pretty treacherous in places. The trail is muddy in spots.

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Margo A
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HikingMuddyOver grown

It’s a fun light trail to a nice waterfall. There was quite a bit of foot tragic along with mud and some over grown bits along the trail but nothing too crazy.

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RayRay Laughingwaters
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Hiking

Plenty of parking, pleasant walk with just a few other hikers. Began at 9:45. Took us about an hour and a half, logged 3.25 miles. Getting to the base of the falls was the scrambliest scramble that I have scrambled thus far but it was worth it. Heads up: by the looks of the reviews, plenty of folks with small children take this trail and so I want to mention that a rattlesnake crossed the trail in front of us. No bathrooms, discover pass required.

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Josh Cox
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HikingMuddy

Super easy trail for the whole family. A bit muddy at times.

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Tawny Ealy
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HikingBugsRocky

Easy hike, a few areas can get a little nerve racking depending if you go all the way down to the bottom of the fall or not. Dogs on leashes. I would say okay for kids as long as you don’t plan on going all the way to the bottom of the waterfall.

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