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Umtanum Ridge Crest Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ellensburg, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 2,086 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy
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Evgeny Zhuravlev
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Hiking

Almost everything is burned. The trail is open but we completed just a half. Had to turn because of the wind and ash dust.

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kaholoas .
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRocky

I tried doing this one yesterday (28 July 2020), but got about a third of the way there and heard a rattlesnake. The path is overgrown, so I was in the section with tall dead grass covering the path. Not a time to mess with a snake I can’t see! So, I turned around. On my way back, I encountered another snake. It looks like a beautiful hike, but take the rattlesnake signs seriously!

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Markobreezy .
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Trail was different than anything I ever hiked before. The views we great from the top. You can see as far as the eye can see. Hike starts out pretty casual then gets really steep towards the summit. Watch for snakes and other critters. Make sure to have water and a hat. Not much shade on this trail

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Sandy Kaduce
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great hike on July 3, hot beautiful day. Crowded parking lot with rafters and tubers but quiet on the trail. No snakes but lots of butterflies

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Jeff Wilhelm
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Hiking

Epic walk with a gorgeous view - saw no one

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Larissa Rutherford
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful day hike, took my husband and I roughly 3 hours to complete as we had to keep stopping to reapply sunscreen; the sun was completely out the entire time and relentless! When we went though there was a lot of wind, so it was never too hot. The butterflies at the small creek area were really pretty, and we never saw any rattlesnakes (we started hiking at noon so that might have had something to do with it). Saw some cute squirrels, and I think I saw a marmot. Didn't pass any people, extremely good hike for the views you get and the lack of people you have to pass. Washed up at the river afterwards, a good way to end a summer's day hike!

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Tony Chang
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HikingNo shade

From someone who hikes mainly on the west side of the cascades this was a great change in scenery. Watch out for rattlesnakes we ran into two of them!

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Daniel Kashporenko
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HikingGreat!

A lot of fun - very windy for the last 25% of the trail, very steep. Great views at the top, not much shade--sunscreen advised.

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Jeff Dillaman
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Hiking

Very hot and dusty trail in direct sunlight virtually the whole time. We saw a rattlesnake in a bush around one mile into the hike but he was chill. Saw another baby rattlesnake close to the top. When you get to the top you can extend your hike by turning right and wandering down the road.

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Elise Fields
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Hiking

Second half monotonous with nice views at the tip-top.

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Nataly Alvarez
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HikingFeeRocky

Great trial but we didn’t finish because we saw fresh animal prints on the trail and got scared. But we did the first 1.25 miles and it was an awesome trail and we will definitely go back! We did run into a rattle snake too!

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Globetrotter MD
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No shadeRockyScramble

fun hike! if you want sun go early but if you want shade go late afternoon! windy up top! more of a moderate hike but if you take it and keep going for 14 miles that may be more challenging!

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Leslie Cannon Wolff
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I did this trail and then some. Took a left at the ridge and followed the road down to the river across from Roza creek. Logged about 14 miles and 4700 eg. The road was pretty rocky which made travel slower than normal but it was a great trail!! I’m training for R2R2R in a few months and will definitely use it again as training ground. Saw a couple of bald eagles soaring on a thermal just below me, super cool.

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Matt O
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WalkingMuddyRocky

Great trail to escape Seattle and catch some sun. The lower parts are a bit muddy, but passable in sunny weather. Very windy at the top, almost went back. Tons of sage everywhere. Very pleasant, would go again.

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Hana Laura
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HikingMuddy

We attempted the Umtanum Ridge trail this week, hoping for better weather luck than the last time we went. It was a beautiful day with only a few low clouds hovering above. Tons of birds out! Most of the snow had melted out from the trail with our warm temperatures this week - a few patches closer to the top of the ridge remain, but they are actually a relief to walk on due to the added traction the ice gives on top of the muddy sludge! This muddy sludge was the main reason for us not making it all the way to the top of the ridge, it was one step forward two slides back for the most part, and the sky starting spitting a little bit about an hour into the hike. I'll come back to try this trail when the mud has dried a bit or we get a dusting of snow!

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Lindsay Mack
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HikingFeeRocky
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Nonyo Biznasz
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Hiking

Looks boring, but views are actually great. Last bit is good and steep. Trail pretty open, not much brush to poke you. Was comfortably cool in early Nov.

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Marcus Simonton
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Hiking

pretty steep at the top

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Alana Jacobs
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

to preface, i hiked this by myself—i really enjoyed it! however it is extremely hot in the daytime and the trail is completely unshaded. i’m also not sure why this is rated moderate as the entire trail is rocky and pretty steep. the first mile took me quite some time! i’d recommend hiking poles especially for the way down. there are also some gnarly bugs and spiders that i encountered along the way, so watch your step. because of all the rattlesnake reports, i made sure to throw rocks or make noise ahead of me, although i did not encounter any. will definitely hike again, but go later in the day so i don’t cook like bacon.

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