Yakima Rim

Selah, Washington

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Each spring, the desert hills near Ellensburg, Yakima, and the Tri-Cities burst with colorful blooms. During one short hike last spring, I counted more than two dozen species of wildflowers, all in full, glorious bloom. I also saw mule deer, bighorn sheep, ospreys, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, an array of songbirds, and the signs of several small mammals, including an active badger burrow. The eastern edge of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Refuge offers some of the best desert hiking in the state, with an amazing array of wildflowers filling the spring days with fragrant perfume and washing the dry brown hills with vibrant colors. Of course, come summer, the area is also home to rattlesnakes, scorpions, and black widow spiders, so watch where you and your dog tread. Note that this is a dry route with only one water source along the way. Provide lots of water for your dog, and check her often for dehydration.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Each spring, the desert hills near Ellensburg, Yakima, and the Tri-Cities burst with colorful blooms. During one short hike last spring, I counted more than two dozen species of wildflowers, all in full, glorious bloom. I also saw mule deer, bighorn sheep, ospreys, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, an array of songbirds, and the signs of several small mammals, including an active badger burrow.

The eastern edge of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Refuge offers some of the best desert hiking in the state, with an amazing array of wildflowers filling the spring days with fragrant perfume and washing the dry brown hills with vibrant colors. Of course, come summer, the area is also home to rattlesnakes, scorpions, and black widow spiders, so watch where you and your dog tread. Note that this is a dry route with only one water source along the way. Provide lots of water for your dog, and check her often for dehydration.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Selah
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute series Wymer, Ellensburg, Yakima East, Badger Pocket
Driving Directions: Directions to Yakima Rim

Recent Trail Reviews

9/6/2009
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Not too bad finding the end of the road, but the trailhead was really difficult to find. Spent most of my time walking on a cattle road through the "desert" with nothing green or any changes. When I did find the trail head, it just looked like more of the same and I had already killed all my time.



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Apr 2018