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Umtanum Creek Footbridge


Photo taken by Monty VanderBilt

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)

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BH Photo #249187

Street View 


The Umtanum Creek Bridge is a wire suspension bridge crossing the Yakima River at the Umtanum Creek Recreational Site in the Yakima River Canyon.

The bridge was one of three similar structure built in the late 1920s in the Yakima River Canyon to provide access between the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks on one side of the river and the highway on the other. The other two structures were likely removed in the 1960s or 1970s per reports, leaving only the Umtanum Creek Bridge. The bridge now serves as access to the Wenas Wildlife Area.

The 220-foot long bridge features riveted steel towers with lattice bar built-up sections. The bridge was rehabilitated in 2020-21.


Wire suspension bridge over Yakima River on Pedestrian Pathway
Kittitas County, Washington
Open to pedestrians only
Built late 1920s or early 1930s.
Wire/cable suspension
Span length: 220.0 ft.
Total length: 220.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.85553, -120.48400   (decimal degrees)
46°51'20" N, 120°29'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/691791/5192182 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 55567 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 21, 2022: New photos from Mike Goff
  • March 28, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • September 8, 2016: New photo from Kyle Jarvis
  • February 16, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • February 15, 2013: Added by Luke Harden



Umtanum Canyon Footbridge
Posted May 21, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

Douglas Butler's drawings remind me that a friend of mine painted this bridge last week.

He does sell some of his creations, at farmer's markets, on the spot, or by arrangement.