Black Canyon Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Selah, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and horses and is accessible from April until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Cooler than the general temperatures in surrounding areas, nice breeze when the climb gets tough. You can enjoy wildflowers even when they are done at most other hiking places in the area.
The off roading made one's in the vehicle feel adventurous and spontaneous. The road was rocky but well worth the drive. DO NOT TAKE A FORD FOCUS. Truck is suggested. We decided to park .3 miles from the trailhead to avoid turbulence. Not to add, but to also be one with nature. The landscape was.... Breathtaking. We started our ascend up the glorious canyon. The luscious tall grass, elegant butterflies that passed, and the aroma of alluring flowers made this trail a must see. The suggestion of a nearby trickling creek would've made this attraction a 10/10 would recommend. The creek was a TEASE. To the west, Halfway up, a rustic cottage appeared in a meadow. We decided to venture closer. What lies was truly SHOCKING. DO NOT READ AHEAD WITHOUT PARENTAL GUIDANCE...
M.A. risked it all as he continued ahead through the rugged brush. As he ventured closer and closer, he heard rustling nearby. Suddenly, a flock of plump grouse rose to the sky, knocking M.A. backwards. M.K. caught him as they both continued on. L.B. was along as well, although he turned into a giant wiener. Once inside, they all noticed the vibrant interior. It was missing one thing though. M.K began to carve a mural to memorialize the trip. She soon grew tired and tapped M.A. in to finish the job. L.B. wouldn't stop rushing them but eventually M.A. finished. As M.A. and M.K. were mesmerized by their creation, L.B. urged them to wander back to the trail. They turned to continue up the route but were stopped by L.B. The confrontation turned sour quick. L.B. insisted on turning back. M.A. and M.K. attempted to change L.B.'s mind but he turned his back and headed down without them. Feeling defeated and with a heavy heart, M.A. and M.K. followed. The walk back was awkward to say the least. Even though L.B. crushed their spirits, they did allow him to be in their selfie.
P.S. - very good hike
- M.A. M.K.
The road to trailhead is awful 4x4 is a must. The actual hike is good we hiked about 1.25 miles to a little hide cabin which was great for pictures. Watch for snakes....
Nice hike. As mentioned the road is rough we bottomed out in our mini van a few times. The trail gets prettier after you turn right at the fork. Hiked in early April, everything green and lots of springs.
The actually trail was great, beautiful views and lots of wild flowers and butterflies- we even saw a little lizard! The cons for for me would be that there's no visable sign from the highway for Black Canyon Road. The only marker is situated about 50 feet from the road, we drove right past it the first time. Also, the mile of driving to get to the trail head is very rough, lots of rocks and unlevel ground. We bottomed out a few times heading up, though, we did have my husband and I, our 3 kids and dog with us. After the hike my husband drove to the bottom of the hill solo and the kids and I walked and met him. He coasted down just fine minus hundreds of pounds! Conclusion is it's a great hike, just be aware of the rough road and keep your eyes peeled for the turn off, which is shortly after you pass the lake.
best trail in eastern wa