The Yakima Rim Trail is part of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Recreation Area above Selah. It is a beautiful example of the dry, sage-scented high desert lands of central Washington. The 100,000-acre preserve harbors many types of wildlife.
The long list starts with elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer, and continues with coyotes, rabbits, buzzards, grouse, and pheasants. I was told to look out for rattlesnakes, but I never saw or heard any. Magpies and hawks dominated my wildlife viewing when I visited this trail on a July day. There are many wildflowers in the spring.
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