Selah Butte

Yakima, Washington

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With its crown of radio towers, Selah Butte doesn’t seem, at first glance, like a desert wilderness. But the expanse of open public lands that surround this massive butte harbors some of the best desert ecosystems in the area. Selah stands on the eastern edge of the Yakima River Canyon, offering amazing views of the canyon and the sheer wall of the Yakima Rim. The parking area puts you in the middle of a vast 10-acre carpet of Hooker’s balsamroot. The golden glowers stretch out over the edge of the butte, creating a wonderful foreground for the stellar scenic backdrop of Yakima Canyon.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

With its crown of radio towers, Selah Butte doesn’t seem, at first glance, like a desert wilderness. But the expanse of open public lands that surround this massive butte harbors some of the best desert ecosystems in the area.

Selah stands on the eastern edge of the Yakima River Canyon, offering amazing views of the canyon and the sheer wall of the Yakima Rim. The parking area puts you in the middle of a vast 10-acre carpet of Hooker’s balsamroot. The golden glowers stretch out over the edge of the butte, creating a wonderful foreground for the stellar scenic backdrop of Yakima Canyon.

©  Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yakima
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,050 feet
Top Elevation: 3,024 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Spokane
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Yakima
Driving Directions: Directions to Selah Butte

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