Robinson Canyon / Ainsley Canyon

Ellensburg, Washington

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This is a gem of a hike, providing you easy access to the best of the best of the rich L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area. This is prime elk country and a major wintering and calving ground for the great wapiti (as elk are known to Native Americans in the region), which has led to the seasonal closure that keeps vehicles well away from the area during calving season. After mid-April, when the closure order is lifted, you can find herds of the big beasts—especially groupings of elk cows with young calves. More than elk can be found here. Mule deer (some nearly as big as elk) also take advantage of the rich browse to get through the long winter months.
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Best Desert Hikes Washington

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

This is a gem of a hike, providing you easy access to the best of the best of the rich L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area. This is prime elk country and a major wintering and calving ground for the great wapiti (as elk are known to Native Americans in the region), which has led to the seasonal closure that keeps vehicles well away from the area during calving season.

After mid-April, when the closure order is lifted, you can find herds of the big beasts—especially groupings of elk cows with young calves. More than elk can be found here. Mule deer (some nearly as big as elk) also take advantage of the rich browse to get through the long winter months.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ellensburg
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: May through July
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 3,200 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wenatchee
Driving Directions: Directions to Robinson Canyon / Ainsley Canyon

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May 2018