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Umtanum Creek Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Selah, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 124 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

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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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.

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.

Josh Cox
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HikingMuddy

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

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.

Delia Cruz
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Off trailRocky

easy fun for the kids and pups. be careful getting down to the waterfall alot of loose dirt and rock. very worth short and sweet.

Veronica P.
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quick, easy hike.

Mike Ajifu
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Hiking

Nice cool down hike. After doing Manastash Ridge trail hike. This has very little elevation gain. Less than a mile one way. The creek was running slow...so the waterfall was minimal at best. I think early spring after the snow melt would e best.

Marena Alaniz
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HikingBugsMuddy

Quick and easy hike! lots of butterflies right now

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Samantha Mendoza
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Hiking

Great trail, we did this with two toddlers. However, it was a struggle to climb down to the bottom of the water fall then back up as that part of the hike is steep and littles cannot do unassisted. There was also a muddy area you have to cross on logs, that wasn’t too bad. We did see a lot of wildlife on this hike. Overall we highly enjoyed it.

Brittney Massey
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Hiking

Easy hike. Small creek to cross. Tad bit underwhelming but a nice hike just to get outside

Li Ro
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Hiking

Great trail for a quick hike. Dog friendly but a little steep for the dogs if you plan on going down to falls. Luckily my dog was willing!

Tracie Moctezuma
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Muddy

very nice walk beat the traffic

Leticia Betancourt
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HikingMuddy

Great trail-this is another one of those that are in the middle of nowhere but well worth the trip! Surprisingly there where lots people with kids and dogs. No restrooms. Lots of trees and shade. There are some supper muddy spots. When you get to the water fall you can go towards the bottom but it’s not easy. We took the rocky way down but I suggest taking the slippery dirt down on your bottom... to finish it off we seen a proposal. Awww... 05/25/20

Laura DiLeonardi
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, we did it with three kids. We saw a lot of rattlesnakes right on the trail so be careful. Was disappointed that we couldn’t go down to the bottom of the waterfall with our young children, it was too dangerous, but it was still beautiful from the top!

Addy Jasper
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Hiking

Loved this hike ! So many beautiful butterflies !

Crystal Ledoux
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HikingMuddy

Was a great trail! My kids loved it! At the end close to the waterfall was of course muddy and slippery. Counted 7 dogs with there owners and too many kids to count lol. Very family and pet friendly. Will be going again in the near future.

Laura Rivera
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Hiking

Great hike. Kids friendly

Jessica Allen
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HikingMuddy

Muddy at the end. We didn’t do the last bit down to the bottom but it was still worth it

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Mayra Aguilar
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HikingRocky

Trail is very kid friendly. Watch out for snakes. We didn’t see any personally but some folks after us did. As you walk the trail, you will follow the stream and approach the top of the waterfall. You have to go around a very steep, slippery and rocky path to get to the bottom of the waterfall. There is a path to the left and to the right of the waterfall to climb downward. Be very careful and take your time down and back up. Small Boulders can fall down towards people if your grab on to one that is loose. My 4 year old did this trail to waterfall and back and did just great! Great for the whole family!

Melinda Smith
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Very pretty. The scramble down to the waterfall was surprisingly a little dangerous. Sooo crowded. My advice, go early!!

Isaac George
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Hiking

Great hike! Little hard to get to the bottom of the falls but doable.

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Kaylee Merritt
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Terra Skyles
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Hiking

It’s a nice and easy hike. I went on a weekend and there were a lot of people, there was hardly any parking available. I also saw two rattlesnakes, so keep an eye out.

Amy Carlson
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Hiking

Easy in and out. Enjoyable quiet time at the waterfall. It was nice to walk through some trees, fresh air, and see plenty of wildflowers. Took the opposite way home to Yakima. It lead us to Ellensburg so we took the beautiful Eburg Canyon back.

Sean Sleater
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Muddy

trails can get confusing with no markers. Very muddy around the falls. Rattlesnake found during the hike.

Lacey Sheppard
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lots of people this weekend. trail is good. just muddy at the end. saw a rattle snake on the side of the trail. keep an eye out for them

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