Umtanum Creek Canyon Trail

This past weekend, I went hiking in Eastern and Central Washington. One of the short day hikes I did was the Umtanum Creek Canyon trail.

Umtanum Creek is a little creek that branches off from the Yakima River, and the trail meanders roughly alongside the creek as it goes deeper into an increasingly narrower canyon.

Here are some photos from the hike:

The start of the trailhead is this gorgeous mint-blue suspension bridge above the Yakima River. 

The start of the trailhead is this gorgeous mint-blue suspension bridge above the Yakima River. 

This is a pretty lush canyon considering that we're in the middle of the Washington desert. Trees, shrubs and grasses abound by the sides of the bubbling creek.

This is a pretty lush canyon considering that we're in the middle of the Washington desert. Trees, shrubs and grasses abound by the sides of the bubbling creek.

Splashes of yellow and purple. Wildflowers dot the landscape during springtime in the desert. This is probably the best time to embark on a desert hike, before the weather gets too hot and the bugs come out.

Splashes of yellow and purple. Wildflowers dot the landscape during springtime in the desert. This is probably the best time to embark on a desert hike, before the weather gets too hot and the bugs come out.