Yakima Canyon Rim

Selah, Washington 98942

Yakima Canyon Rim

Yakima Canyon Rim Professional Review and Guide

"The Yakima Rim Trail is part of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Recreation Area above Selah. It is a beautiful example of the dry, sage-scented high desert lands of central Washington. The 100,000-acre preserve harbors many types of wildlife.

The long list starts with elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer, and continues with coyotes, rabbits, buzzards, grouse, and pheasants. I was told to look out for rattlesnakes, but I never saw or heard any. Magpies and hawks dominated my wildlife viewing when I visited this trail on a July day. There are many wildflowers in the spring."

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Really nice break from the pine-laden trails west of the mountains, plus easy to get to from Seattle (2-2.5 hours). Rolling hills, great wild flowers (in May, at least), awesome views. Would rate it as easy-moderate. Elevation gain is gradual for the most part. We took the "short" route on the way back and followed the rail tracks to the base. Unfortunately, to get back to the parking lot meant an intense scramble up sketchy elk paths and rock fall to get up over the ridge. Good workout, but not all that much fun. Suggest sticking to the trail on the way back. We saw a few rattlers along the way, so be sure to wear good boots and long trousers.

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Trail Information

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4,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
Year-round, with snow in winter
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Contacts
USGS Badger Pocket, Pomona; Washington Department of Game Yakima Canyon Rim Trail Map
Local Maps

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Jul 2018