Saturday, June 8, 2013

KUOW Hike of the Week -Umtanum Ridge

Update Tuesday June 11
The drive to the trailhead is about 1.5 hour from Bellevue and it is in the Yakima River Canyon. Thanks to Maria Lamarca Anderson for some of the photos.
Soaring Birds-Mt Stuart and Wind Farms- One can see for miles

Bring your Green Trails Maps- One of the 10 essentials
Check out maps. Sorry no map for this hike 
Nice view of Yakima River @ Maria Lamarca Anderson

Maria, the happy hiker on bridge over Yakima River
Lots of flowers still out
More flowers
Grinding up the hill - view of Yakima River
Yes there are snakes, we did not stay to see what type this was
So many flowers! @Maria Lamarca Anderson
Clean desert air and blue sky @ Maria Larmarca Anderson

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 must pay $5.00 from 5/15 - 9/15 to park; fee collection box is at the parking lot.

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. 2.5 miles and 2100 feet you will be up on the ridge on Yakima Skyline Trail

Map of area South LT Murray  Depart of Fish and Wildlife

Rattlesnakes- What to do - Thanks WTA
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