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Umtanum Creek Falls

Central Washington

Location

Central Washington -- Yakima
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Length

1.9 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.

Rating

3.64 out of 5

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Hike downhill, enjoy spring blooms and throw rocks into a punchbowl at the bottom of a 40-foot waterfall.

An easy stroll along a burbly creek, the Umtanum Creek Falls Trail has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The way is shaded by Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine. Kids should look closely for wildflowers like yellow desert-parsley, bluebells, squaw currant and bitterbrush. Encourage them to listen to the different bird songs, using binoculars to spot bluebirds, woodpeckers and more.

Identify the sweet fragrance of sagebrush, while keeping an eye out for bighorn sheep on nearby canyon walls. The trail opens up to reveal Umtanum Creek Falls, a pretty little waterfall that cascades into a pool surrounded on three sides by basalt walls. Hikers can take a rough trail to the bottom of the of the falls, or stay at the top and enjoy the view.

 

Umtanum Creek Falls

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.8992, -120.6428 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Washington -- Yakima

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wenas Wildlife Area

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Guidebooks & Maps

Best Desert Hikes: Washington (Bauer & Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Yakima

Getting There

From Ellensburg, drive west on Umtanum Road from Canyon Road.  Stay on Umtanum Road for 10.0 miles to a signed trailhead area.

From Yakima, drive Highway 12 west 9.5 miles to Allan Road. Turn here onto N Wenas Road and proceed to the signed trailhead area, 24.3 miles down the road.

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