Looking for a great trail near Ellensburg, Washington? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around North Columbia Basin State Wildlife Recreation Area or Squilchuck State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Mtn View Park or Whitney Park. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Ellensburg ranging from 3.6 to 29.3 miles and from 1,295 to 5,367 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
11 days ago

Good hike. Two ways up to the ridge. I went up the steep side, came down the more gradual. Great views. Worth the effort.

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
scramble
snow
21 days ago

Very icy, need microspikes without falling down. A lot of people were turning around, couldn’t find/stay in trail app route. Talked to a gal that said she has never made it to the end. Brushy and just confusing where to go, rock scramble was icy as well. Poles highly recommended.

hiking
no shade
scramble
21 days ago

I hike this as a workout every visit to Ellensburg, the description is off somewhat as it’s closer to 2000 vertical feet of climbing not 1500. Very nice view of the Kittitas Valley and an excellent workout at average 16 percent climb.

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
25 days ago

You need microspikes, first time I had to turn turn around without them, I managed with something similar to a yak track. Chest pains isn’t heavily trafficked, no pass required or fee, lots of dogs and joggers.

Nice views. After 3 miles trail became very difficult to find. The orange markers were confusing because they didn’t match the trail in the gps app. It was also covered in snow and that didn’t help.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with snow, Rhime ice, freezing fog and sunshine

This was a great hike. A light dusting of snow on the trail. Beautiful views of the canyon. About a mile in, you have to climb up and over some loose rock. You also have to cross the river twice. The river crossings were a little intimidating, but with careful foot placement and a little help from the hubby, I made it across. The trail is CB marked with orange ties in several places, do if you are unsure which way to go look for the orange ties.

hiking
fee
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

You don’t need to pay 5$ if you’ve got an America de beautiful pass. But they don’t accept northwest forest pass

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.

This is a really interesting trail that can involve rattle snakes, bull snakes, scorpions and such if you're lucky to run into them. Not very often they show up, but they are there as soon as warm weather hits, so watch your steps. If you come in at the right time, you will spot a few rams, deer or elks, and coyotes up on the hills. Please make sure you have plenty of water, note book, binoculars, map or GPS with you because of lots of exploring & navigating through the trails. This is one of the big adventure trails with many opportunities out here, but so worth to check out your self.

hiking
off trail
over grown
2 months ago

First half of the trail was great and easy to navigate, once you switchback the Forrest has been clear cut and really hard to find the trail. Lost it a few times and had to use the map to find the trail again

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Steep hike, didn’t finish because of wildlife, nice views

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

A sea of gold yesterday at Umtanum Creek Canyon. Swinging suspension bridge, rambling river, groves of apple trees, a chattering creek and remnant of an old homestead ~ but the show stopper was the glow of the young Aspens along the canyon floor. Easy 5-10 mile trail for all fitness levels. Will definitely go back in the spring for the wildflower display. The trail is a bit tricky to follow, even with the GPS map ~ don’t give up, that’s half the adventure! The trick is to stay to the RIGHT after the message board (heading left leads you up a steep ridge) and RIGHT again at the first fork in the road about 3/4 of a mile in. The best write up I could find about this trail, if you are looking for additional info ~ https://www.myellensburg.com/hiddentreasures/umtanumcreek/

hiking
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Awesome weather today, partly cloudy, not cold at all. Lost the trail a couple times but no biggie. Saw a rattle snake, some wild turkeys and wild apple trees!

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Some of the best views are on the way up. The top is kind of big, flat and round enough that you can’t see down into the canyon. I did go all the way to the top even though my recording doesnt show, it got shut off half way up. if you mainly want a quick workout and some views of the canyon I would recommend. Coming down can feel a little unsafe at some parts of the trail where the dirt is loose. just stepped off the trail though and it’s fine

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