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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.

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.

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.

2 months ago

Great hike! Full sun, so bring sunscreen and plenty of water. The trail is straight up after the first part of the hike. If you aren't in good shape or have little ones, think about taking the Boy Scout Trail up through the shade. This is a tough but beautiful hike. I would rate it as hard and not moderate. The sun, heat and steep trail are a tough combination so please be careful. Also take hiking poles if you have bad knees, coming down on the main path is straight down with plenty of scree and loose rocks. There are also snakes and the hiking poles can serve as good snake sticks.

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 !

This is a great trail. It is rather steep so I wouldn't recommend this trail for small kids or whiny kids (Haha). It was the first hike of the season for me so I struggled with it, but the views were definitely worth it. It took about 3 hours, including the 30 minutes of hanging out at the top and breaks.

3 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.

4 months ago

Family friendly hike (with Skittle bribes) with the payoff of a killer valley view. Nice change up from the Cascade range.

4 months ago

First trip. Made it 3/4 of the way up. The views were gorgeous. Glad I took 2 poles. It helped me get over my fears of walking down on loose rock. We took the steep way up. Just took our time. No need to rush.

This trail was okay, not a favorite for us, and I doubt we will go again ( with kids atleast ) we were unaware of how to get to the Boy Scout trail, so we took the main one. And it was a steady climb the whole way, some areas were more steep than others. We took the Boy Scout trail on the way down, and it was a pretty steep incline for about half the way down, then it became pretty easy to where my 2.5 year old could walk without seeming like he was running. Unless your little one is able to be put in a backpack, I wouldn’t recommend this trail until they can hike the whole thing themselves. Overall the views were pretty tho, and the trails were decently up kept. Wasn’t too busy for a nice Sunday.

5 months ago

Good views of the Yakima Canyon were the plus. The dumb cell tower at the top detracts from the scenery a bit. Still a worthwhile hike.

6 months ago

Had a very rewarding 2 night stay in the canyon last week. The sign marking where the trail is no longer maintained is knocked over and eroded; this did not stop my dog, boyfriend and I from continuing on and getting lost/ exploring for a half a day or so. We ended up scrambling up to the top of the canyon to find refuge from the sticker plants below. Gorgeous view from the top definitely worth the hard work and a perfect spot to eat lunch. The first night it dropped below freezing so Im looking forward to returning once the weather warms up a bit.

6 months ago

Rather than going through the gate and up the TP Jim trail if you follow the trail north alongside the road it is a much more gradual uphill climb. The middle section of the trail flattens out and then becomes steeper the final stretch as you make your way up to the top of Baldy. A decent conditioning hike with nice views of the canyon as you follow the ridge line. No shade. A $5 day use fee if you park at the Big Pines campground - Discover pass and NW forest pass not accepted. Or you can park at a few spots alongside the road.

I have not completed the entire trail, however, the first 3-4 miles of this trail are quite flat and seem to be well maintained. I would recommend this trail for jogging, walking, biking. Bring the dogs and/or kids on this one for a fun family outing.

6 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.

8 months ago

This hike is awesome for getting a good view of the valley!

off road driving
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Fun, but not particularly scenic. You will need. 4x4 with good clearance to complete this. Most importantly make sure your tires are in good shape. The road is full of jagged rocks that can leave you flat. The trail is sometimes marked with signs, but there are a few places where it forks off and you dont know whats what...Keep an eye open for coyote!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Not that big of a fan of this route. Steady climb for an average view for this area. Flowers and birds were enjoyable. Little shade.

Monday, July 24, 2017

My first time hiking the ridge was this past winter with snow and ice everywhere. It was a bit difficult of course since I did not have any boot spikes but I did it anyways. I did not slip until heading back down of course hahaha.

The views were great going both ways, but if you like more of a wooded unique trail I recommend going the boyscout trail which you take a right just after the trail head kiosk they have there at the beginning. You will hike around the first hill into a little wooded canyon area and it meets back up with the main trail later on. The boyscout trail is much easier as well, it is not a steep hike like the main trail.

This is a very popular trail and it gets a bit over crowded for me sometimes, but you definitely need to hike it at least once while you're here.

Friday, July 21, 2017

I love this hike, however it is very popular!

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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wonderful beautiful views tough going up and down!!

on Umtanum Canyon Trail

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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Beautiful at the top

Friday, June 23, 2017

The trail can become overgrown but it is still a great way to get away from everything for a little bit. I have taken my dog and family on this trail and would recommend it.

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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I did this on the first day of a backpacking trip, not good at all during the late spring. The river and trail is overgrown and we eventually had to leave the canyon and hike up because we kept loosing the trail. But still a good trail in the fall. Not the prettiest scene

Friday, May 26, 2017

My wife and I did this trail today with our two dogs. Really, a gorgeous area with plenty of flora and fauna. The trail is not clearly marked and is fairly overgrown in places. It also mingles with wild game trails which make staying on the intended path difficult at times. Staying near the creek the whole way worked excellently, allowing our dogs the chance to rejuvenate whenever they pleased.

Be weary, however; we did find a 3' rattlesnake in a bush right next to the trail about 2 miles in. It warned me only as I came well within striking range. We unfortunately felt obligated to 'take care of' the snake, given the close call and risky location it was in. With the trail being overgrown, we advise you to take appropriate precautions if strolling through here.

paddle sports
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Not bad. Probably not enough water for the boys. But good for me. Flowers were out in bloom.

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!

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