Yakima Skyline Trail

Ellensburg, Washington

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When the doldrums of the rainy season set in on the western side of the mountains, hop over to the Yakima Skyline Trail for a shot of sunshine and fantastic sights. The Skyline Trail meanders along the top of a ridgeline, exhibiting views of the Yakima Valley to the south and the Yakima Canyon to the north. Whether you go for a couple of miles or spend the day exploring, this desert ridge has much to offer. The trail starts off to the northeast of the parking area, on what appears to have been a road. Quickly the road turns to a single-track trail and the hike up the canyon begins. Climb past seasonal flowers such as sage, lupine, and balsam, while meadowlarks sing from the surrounding hills
Day Hiking Mount Adams and Goat Rocks

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Day Hiking Mount Adams and Goat Rocks

by Tami Asars (The Mountaineers Books)

When the doldrums of the rainy season set in on the western side of the mountains, hop over to the Yakima Skyline Trail for a shot of sunshine and fantastic sights. The Skyline Trail meanders along the top of a ridgeline, exhibiting views of the Yakima Valley to the south and the Yakima Canyon to the north. Whether you go for a couple of miles or spend the day exploring, this desert ridge has much to offer.

The trail starts off to the northeast of the parking area, on what appears to have been a road. Quickly the road turns to a single-track trail and the hike up the canyon begins. Climb past seasonal flowers such as sage, lupine, and balsam, while meadowlarks sing from the surrounding hills

© 2014 Tami Asars/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ellensburg
Distance: 6-7 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Best Times: Best Mar–Nov
Additional Use: Birding
Features: Views, Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wenas Wildlife Area
Local Maps: WDFW trail map
Driving Directions: Directions to Yakima Skyline Trail

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Apr 2018