Umtanum Ridge Crest Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews

Umtanum Ridge Crest Trail is a 4.6 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, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.6 miles
2,086 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


nature trips





wild flowers


4 months ago

Moderate my butt! This hike killed our legs but it was a good workout. The first 0.2 miles is mainly uphill and is extremely rocky. After it goes more into the gulley and up and down for another mile. It wasn’t until the last leg that was the most brutal with loose rock and part of it was extremely steep. We ended up to the top on a cloudy day so we couldn’t see any views of Rainier. Be careful with children. We didn’t see any rattlesnakes or scorpions since it was colder out.

4 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday. Really great views, but very steep/uphill, almost a scramble near the top. Saw a snake, so be careful! And bring lots of water.

5 months ago

There are two trails, one heading up the hill and one following the creek. There’s a fee to park in the lot. The trails are poorly marked and we were asked by multiple people where the falls were due to lack of signage.

6 months ago

Great hike , a lot of rocks! So wear the right shoes , all incline while getting to destination. , ran into a ton of butterflies and dragonflies and falcons , felt like Narnia ! But there are deff rattlesnakes , so , be careful , I shared a photo and captured a METEOR IMPACT,, didn’t realize until I reviewed my pics at home , it was about 1.4 miles away from the end of the trail . Have fun !

7 months ago

Good hike. We went left at the fork which led to state but pretty trails. A little too strenuous for us carrying 2 kids in backpacks but we enjoyed it. We only went out 1 mike because we didn’t take enough water. Will try again another day. The suspension bridge is fun.

10 months ago

It was gorgeous, there are two trails, one goes along the creek and the other uphill. I went uphill early March and it was extremely muddy and challenging but well worth it. Extremely beautiful views.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Saw a rattle snake on the way there and heard rattling on the way back, keep your eyes open. Nevertheless, it was all worth the view up top. The weather was also perfect, it was a bit cloudy and windy.

Monday, July 03, 2017

First, this appears to be a local hot spot for river rafting, so get there early for a good parking spot. We got there around 12:30 and the place was packed. Not many people on the trail though, which was nice. The first mile or so of the trail is uphill. Lots of loose rocks, so be carefull coming down, very slippery. Some areas had overgrown plants covering the trail. Other than that, nice views overall.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Backpacked up the canyon last week. Tough hike in the heat, with little shade, but well worth the views of the canyons, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams and the rest of the Cascades. Wow! We camped at the top and watched the sunset go on for hours and hours. Not a popular backpacking spot apparently, we had it to ourselves! Bring A LOT of water if you don't want to hike back down. Be aware of snakes, tiny scorpions and cacti.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Not a gimme...pretty good climb the last quarter mile which was even tougher going back down. Worth the summit views at the end. Beautiful wildflowers!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

amazing views of Ellensburg. a bit windy when we went, but when isn't it?

Monday, May 08, 2017

Great first hike of the season! Took my mom and enjoyed the wildflowers and the views thanks to the clear, calm day. The babbling brook made it that much more charming!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Made it about 3.5 miles up. Good for all ages our party ranged from 4-64 in age. Some loose rock at the beginning.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Amazing views at the top! Perfect time to go is now! So many wildflowers, water was running, and not too hot out! Must pay $5 to park for the day- the discover pass does not work there. It was about 70 minutes to the top!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Good hike. Beautiful view at the top! Last half mile is a little more difficult than "moderate". Worth the effort!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Definitely watch out for snakes in the summer time. Besides those buggers, it has enjoyable trails for both short and long distance walks/hikes.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

So you should know, I got surprised with a 5 dollar park fee. I am going back to walk all of it.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

My sister and I completed this hike today. We found it to be pretty challenging. It was a steady climb right from the start. The last mile to the top was very steep with loose gravel making it very difficult to keep your footing. Some beautiful views at the top, with a very cold wind for a 65 degree sunny day. Wear layers!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Trail was easy to find and all around a great hike! The trail was closed a little past the 3 mile marker to preserve wildlife, but that really wasn't an issue for me. There was an abundance of wild flowers and foliage! LOTS of bugs further up in the trail, as there's creeks that periodically cross paths with the trail. My dog enjoyed the refreshment! Noteworthy mentions would be; ticks. I found 3 ticks on my dog (so far) and there is a $5 fee to park in the lot. Discovery Passes wont do since its on BLM land. Beautiful spring hike though!!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Awsome !!! Lots of rattlesnakes!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Trail is dusty and steep in areas. We are novice hikers, and definitely thought getting to the peek was difficult (we also had our 2.5yr old in a carrier), but it was worth it! Lots of flowers in bloom, and we saw a pygmy short horn lizard at the top.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Beautiful hike, not that long but worth it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

it was perfect for my two 8 year olds. I can't wait to go back this weekend. the weather wasn't bad for November either

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

First visit yesterday. Stayed in the valley as we r new to the area. It was an easy hike (with dog) and, although the colors/landscape were beautiful, I want to go back in the spring.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lots of wildflowers on the ridge made for a great early Spring hike. Balsamroot and lupine are in full bloom up on the ridge of the canyon. I took the trail to the right just after the railroad tracks to the top of the ridge and it gets steep with loose dirt. I slid all over the place without hiking poles but its not very far to reach the top.I hiked for miles along the ridge and then hiked down and did easy trail along the creek. Lots of different trails in the area to explore. .

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Easy trail

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Great winter hike! My brother and I hiked this over Thanksgiving weekend and the weather was perfect for a difficult hike like this. Took a little over two hours to get to the top and it does seems to get steeper the closer you get to the top. Took the dog along as well and he even seemed to struggle on the climb. Scenery on the way up isn't the best considering it is nothing but sage brush but the view from the top is pretty amazing.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

This is definitely one of the most difficult hikes I have ever done. The last half mile of this hike is pretty much climbing instead of hiking. I had to get on my hands and knees to grab on anything I could to climb up. Coming down is even harder than going up. Not for beginners and make sure you bring your trekking poles on this trail! The scenery is pretty amazing though. Can be windy and cold once you reach the top even on a day the trail head is 80F.

Friday, July 15, 2011

this is a decent hike, but it is hot, dry, and much steeper than it seems! very different in terms of scenery, but it has its own beauty for sure!

15 days ago

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