Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Umtanum Ridge

Updated 3-30-2015

Great hike this time of the year with flowers coming out and views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Stuart from the top. Trail is north of Yakima.

Michael on the way up @ Denis DuBois
Start of the hike

View of Mt. Rainier from top @ Brian Fagin
Yakima River
Balsamroot @Denis DuBois
Prime time for flowers @ Denis DuBois
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  side of the road. The parking lot is BLM you can pay $5.00 from 5/15 - 9/15 to park; fee collection box is at the parking lot. Although now a Discovery Pass will work.

Trail stats: Cross the Yakima River via the broad foot-traffic-only suspension bridge, then cross the high berm of the railroad tracks. Once over the railroad route, enter the L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area.. In less then a 1/4 mile there will be a "Y" junction in the trail. Take the left fork this goes uphill. The right fork goes through the Creek Canyon. On left fork go 2.5 miles and 2100 feet you will be up on the ridge on Yakima Skyline Trail

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