Robinson Canyon

Thorp, Washington 98946

Robinson Canyon

Robinson Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"This is a gem of a hike, which provides you easy access to the best of the best of the rich L. T. Murray Wildlife Area. This is prime elk country, and a major wintering and calving ground for the great wapiti (as elk are known to Native Americans). That fact led to the seasonal closure that keeps vehicles well away from the area, but after mid-April, when the closure order is lifted, you can still expect to find herds of the big beasts--especially groupings of elk cows with the young calves. But there’s more here than elk. Mule deer (some nearly as big as elk!) also take advantage of the rich browse to get through the long winter months.

The entire area is a diverse conglomeration of ecosystems—thick forests stand on the north slopes, while south-facing slopes boast barren basalt cliffs and sage. Aspen trees and cottonwoods grace the creek basins, and wildflowers ?ll all of the lands in between. Note: Be aware that this area and the access road to hike up into it are typically closed November 1 through April 15 each year to protect wintering elk herds."

More Robinson Canyon Professional Reviews and Guides

"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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Trail Information

Thorp
Nearby City
10
Distance
2,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
May–Sept
Best Times
Wildflowers
Features
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Contacts
Department of Natural Resources Yakima
Local Maps