My husband and I don't really ever make our way around the Yakima area, only because the hiking there is more "desert" feel and in the summer the rattlesnakes are out and about. The weather in the Yakima area in the summer is amazing, though (hot!!). We decided to make a day trip to do some hiking in the Umtanum area, which is within the Yakima River Canyon. The path was really good, clear, and easy to find. There were a few waterfalls, and creeks to cross to just know that your shoes/feet might get a little wet. The weather was perfect when we came in July. Make sure if you go in the summertime to bring plenty of water, because it is very hot. We luckily didn't see any rattlesnakes! There really isn't a "view" ending point, but the hike itself is beautiful. After we were done hiking we stopped and had a delicious dinner at Bron Yur (Spelling?), it is a pizza place that makes the most amazing pizza!! Highly recommend going there if you are ever in that area. We drove home by going Highway 12 and saw the most amazing views of Mt. Rainier.
Though you don't need to camp here to enjoy the desert joking across the river, it gives you quick access for any early morning stroll before it heats up. Additionally if you like Flyfishing, the bridge offers you good bank access to cover some water. The campsites are small and packed right, but if you don't mind neighbors, this is a decent site.
There are only a handful of sites here and they are packed in very tight with no privacy. Sometimes there aren't options so you have to take what you can get. There is a boat ramp here and s pack bridge to go for a hike up a desert canyon.