Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Ellensburg with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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 !

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
4 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.

hiking
5 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 The sign marking where the trail is no longer maintained is knocked over and eroded; this did not stop my dog, boyfriend and I from continuing on and getting lost/ exploring for a half a day or so.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.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 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.

off road driving
11 months ago

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!

Friday, July 21, 2017

I love this hike, however it is very popular!

hiking
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.

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.

hiking
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.

backpacking
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.

backpacking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
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

Great hike watch for rattlesnakes. I saw 4 on trail yesterday.

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

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

Monday, May 08, 2017

Great hike but definitely challenging. Very steep in some spots. Tons of bugs, especially at the top. I got up there, took a few pictures and immediately started back down. Just bugs all over me. Gorgeous views all along the way and a nice sprinkling of other hikers.

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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Beautiful trail :-)

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Very fun morning hike. We went with family and everyone was able to make it to the falls and hang out down below. We want to go go back and maybe stay longer at the falls and eat some lunch. Make a longer trip out of it because it is so pretty!

Great trail! Bring a flashlight and wear clothing for cold weather. Great for kids and dogs and great view at the end.

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