Thursday, April 4, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week:Yakima Skyline

These pictures were taken several years ago and flowers this year are not in full bloom yet. However, I read a recent report that some flowers are just starting to bloom. Drive towards Yakima to this desert hike with views of  Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, the Yakima River Valley. As it warms up be careful of rattlesnakes.

Yield to snakes: Northern Pacific Rattlesnake @ Alan Bauer
View of Mt. Rainier and the Goat Rock Mts and Alan @ Dennis Long
Rosa Dam @ Dennis Long
Flocks- my best estimate @ Dennis Long
Hikers among Hooker's Balsamroot @ Alan Bauer
Big-headed Clover @ Alan Bauer
Lots of flowers @ Alan Bauer
Driving Directions:
From Seattle, drive east on Interstate 90
Exit 110 and Interstate 82.
Drive I-82 to the Selah/Canyon Road exit 26.
Turn right off the exit and go 50 yards or so.
Turn left onto Harrison Road and drive 1.9 miles southwest.
Turn right onto Wenas Road.
Continue 2.8 miles to a Y junction (near a rural fire station).
Stay right (straight ahead on Gibson Road).
In 0.3 miles turn right on Buffalo Road, to where the pavement ends and the L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area begins.
Turn left into a large parking area. Park here or drive through the gate (close it behind you) and proceed up a dirt track another 1.5 miles to the official trail head. You'll need truck or high clearance for this.

Trail stats: 8 miles round trip 1000 feet gain. After you park, head north to the ridge top. The trail starts about 1.5 mile from the gate on right hand side (looks like an old jeep road.) These directions are our best estimates. Please bring map-compass and GPS.

Map of area:

Map is LT Murray Wa Depart. of Fish and Wildlife

 Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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