Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail

Ellensburg, Washington 98926

Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail

Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This remarkable route packs an incredible experience in a short distance. The route offers the most spectacular view of the Yakima Canyon twisting its way south from here. Just use caution and keep one eye (and an ear) on the ground in front of you so you don’t end up doing the snake-avoidance jig that gave the ridge its name.

That said, the trail does get frequent use by humans, so the snakes tend to keep a low profile and avoid the heavily traveled trail—still, be cautious especially if you are hiking with dogs. By mid-April most years, the desert flowers are showing their colors."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Best Times
US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Spokane Office
Local Contacts
Department of Natural Resources Yakima
Local Maps