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Umtanum Ridge Crest

Central Washington

Location

Central Washington -- Yakima
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Length

6.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3480 ft.

Rating

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Get a workout on this steep hike from Umtanum Creek to the ridge above the canyon. In spring, it is filled with wildflowers and birds, with chances of seeing rattlesnakes and bighorn sheep.

This shares a trailhead with the Umtanum Creek Canyon trail. It's a sandy route that begins at the Umtanum Recreation Center and crosses the Yakima River and the railroad tracks on a suspension bridge.

Not far down the trail is a wooden board. This junction where the Umtanum Creek Canyon Trail goes straight. To reach the ridgeline, take the well-trodden path to the left. It will soon begin to increase in elevation as you meander through desert sagebrush and wildflowers.

After a mile of hiking, you'll enjoy views of the canyon below you. Another half mile of hiking reveals the snow-spangled Stuart Range to the north. The grade is persistent and moderately strenuous, until the last half mile, which intensifies, becoming steep and strenuous on the final push up the ridge.

The fine sand on the steep grade will make every step slippery and precarious, but by mile 2.5 the top of the ridge hoves into view. At the ridge crest, it can be windy and cool as you approach the ridge, but you'll want to linger awhile for the massive views of Rainier and Adams at the top!

WTA Pro Tip: The parking lot is owned by BLM and fees are in place year-round; $5.00 a car.

 

Umtanum Ridge Crest

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.8554, -120.4829 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Washington -- Yakima

Bureau of Land Management

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Getting There

From I-90, take exit 109. Turn left on Canyon Road. Continue 11.7 miles to the Umtanum Creek Recreation Area. The parking lot is on the right side of the road.

The parking lot is owned by BLM and fees are in place year-round; it is $5.00 a car. Frequent day use visitors may wish to purchase the Daily Annual Use Permit as an alternative to the day use fee. This is a separate pass. Contact the BLM at 509-665-2100 for details.

The America the Beautiful pass is acceptable for this parking lot.

 

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