Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week:Yakima Skyline

Updated 4-15-2016

Drive towards Yakima to this desert hike with lots of flowers, views of  Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, the Yakima River Valley and if you are lucky and careful rattlesnakes. So be aware.Flowers should be in peak form over the next several weeks.
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:
Driving Directions: From Seattle, drive east on Interstate 90 to 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 and turn left onto Harrison Road and drive 1.9 miles southwest before turning 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 mile after turning onto Gibson Road, turn right on Buffalo Road, 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 trailhead. Need truck or high clearance for this.
Trail stats: 8 miles roundtrip 1000 feet gain.  After you park head towards north to ridge top. Trail starts about 1.5 mile from the gate on right hand side- looks like an old jeep road. 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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