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Hike Umtanum Canyon

  • 65th St Park & Ride

    Green Lake/Roosevelt, seattle, WA (map)

    47.680880 -122.317117

  • Bus Stop Espresso
  • I'm afraid we might be a little early for this hike. According to the recent trip reports, the wildflowers are not out yet. I'm thinking of posting a different hike instead.

     

    This is a beautiful spring hike. We'll start out early. Plan to stop for a meal on the return.

    From the WTA:

    Begin with a walk over a bouncy suspension bridge above the trout-rich waters of the Yakima River. This trail meanders up an ever-narrowing canyon, but it also seems to be a path to the past.

    The trail leaves behind the highway and clusters of anglers and rolls up past an old homestead (complete with an overgrown, brambly apple orchard) and leads into pristine desert wildlife habitat. The year-round waters of Umtanum Creek draw a vast collection of critters to this canyon. Bighorn sheep roam the canyon walls and browse the grass-rich bottoms. Deer abound throughout the area. Coyotes hunt the heavy populations of rabbits, rock chucks (marmots), and upland birds (quail, pheasant, chukar, grouse, Hungarian partridge, and others). Rattlesnakes are frequently seen in the summer (another reason to visit in winter months) when they congregate to take advantage of the mice, voles, and ground squirrels that thrive in the creek-fed grasses and tree stands. Beavers and muskrats build homes in the creek, creating an endless series of pools and ponds throughout the length of the valley. All around, underfoot and on the canyon walls, desert wildflowers color the canyon.

    Driving Directions:

    From Seattle, drive east on Interstate 90 to exit 110. After exiting, continue east on Interstate 82 about 3.5 miles to exit 3 (Thrall Road). At the stop sign, turn right on State Route 821. Turn left at the next stop sign to continue southeast along State Route 821 into Yakima Canyon (signed "Yakima Canyon") and continue about 8 miles to the Umtanum Recreation Area (between mileposts 16 and 17). A large gravel parking lot is on the right (west) side of the road. The parking lot is BLM you must pay $5.00 from 5/15 - 9/15 to park; fee collection box is at the parking lot.

     

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we get first chance to sign up if you do end up doing it!?

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to join if a spot opens up!

    March 28, 2013

  • Jessica

    +1

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will need to carpool with someone if possible!

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds like a wonderful hike. i am sorry i have another commitment, but i wish i could go. thanks for the invitation.

    March 27, 2013

  • mae p

    Hi Ruth. How high is the bridge? I have a fear of heights, and may need to pull out if the bridge is too high.

    March 27, 2013

  • Arpitha D.

    http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/kelley-hollow - is this the trail?
    May I have the trail address please?

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds Fun!

    March 27, 2013

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