Thursday, November 1, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Umtanum Ridge.

Please note these photos are from when I did this hike this past spring. However I just saw a trip report that this hike was just done with good trail conditions. If it is clear great  views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Stuart from the top. Trail is north of Yakima.  Even without these views this is always a great hike

View of Mt. Stuart
Mt. Rainier 

Start of the hike

Yakima River
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 for day use or Forest Pass works. There is a fee collection box is at the parking lot. .

Trail stats: Cross the Yakima River via the broad foot-traffic-only suspension bridge, then cross under  the railroad tracks.  In less then a 1/4 mile there is a big sign and a "Y" junction in the trail. Take the left fork (slight)  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. Here is our track.

Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate

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