Yakima Skyline Ridge

Hike up to eight miles round trip from Buffalo Road on the Yakima Skyline Trail in the L. T. Murray State Wildlife Area. This is some of the best desert hiking in Washington where you'll see lots of wildlife, a full palate of colors produced by blooming flowers in spring, and views of Mount Stuart, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount Hood.

Getting There

Take Exit 26 off of I-82, turn right onto Harrison Road, and drive 1.9 miles. Turn right onto Wenas Road, drive 2.8 miles, bear tight at the junction onto Gibson Road. In 0.3 mile, turn right onto Buffalo Road, and then turn left into the parking area. Park here or continue through the gate (be sure to close it behind you) and drive 1.5 miles to the trailhead.

On the Trail

Hike up to the ridge from wherever you parked and follow the ridge as far as desired enjoying views of the canyon. It's up to 8 miles round trip and 1,200 feet of election gain. Gracie Point (3,200) ft is the high point and as far as most go.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • 3,000 ft
Map
  • USGS Selah
  • USGS Pomona
  • USGS Wymer
  • WA DNR Yakima
  • Green Dot Maps (wdfw.wa.gov)
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CHS 1 Hike - Yakima Skyline Ridge

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
A wide-open-spaces desert ridge hike in Central Washington south of Ellensburg. A two-hour drive, but
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, May 29, 2022
No Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist
Registration closes May 26
Seattle Branch
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  • Yakima Skyline Trail
  • Yakima Skyline Ridge/Gracie Point
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