Umtanum Creek Canyon
May 05, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Umtanum Creek Canyon
- Region: Eastern Washington -- Yakima
- Agency: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - L.T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area
- Avg Rating: 3.36
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with kids
- Hiked with a dog
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
We started our hike just before 2:00 and hiked 1 1/2 hours up and an hour down. We took the trail up toward the ridge.
Many wildflowers were in bloom. Phlox and balsam root were dominant from a distance, but there were many other flowers as well, including larkspur, woodland star (Lithophragma), and a few lupines (they were just starting). The sagebrush was not yet blooming.
The birdsongs were quite lovely, especially after we reached grassy uplands.
We saw only two butterflies -- they were Sara Orangetips. The most significant entomological note was the ticks -- we treated our dogs with Advantage the night before, but still collected several ticks from each one, and half-a-dozen from our clothes and ourselves. We did close the bottoms of our pantlegs in anticipation of this difficulty.