Yakima Canyon Rim

Selah, Washington

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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.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Selah
Distance: 16
Elevation Gain: 4,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round, with snow in winter
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: USGS Badger Pocket, Pomona; Washington Department of Game Yakima Canyon Rim Trail Map
Topo Map: Yakima Canyon Rim Topographic Map
Guide Book: 50 Trail Runs in Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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5/20/2006

Really nice break from the pine-laden trails west of the mountains, plus easy to get to from Seattle (2-2.5 hours). Rolling hills, great wild flowers (in May, at least), awesome views. Would rate it as easy-moderate. Elevation gain is gradual for the most part. We took the "short" route on the way back and followed the rail tracks to the base. Unfortunately, to get back to the parking lot meant an intense scramble up sketchy elk paths and rock fall to get up over the ridge. Good workout, but not all that much fun. Suggest sticking to the trail on the way back. We saw a few rattlers along the way, so be sure to wear good boots and long trousers.

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