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Yakima Rim Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews

Yakima Rim Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Selah, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,532 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

no shade

As of 5/28/19, hikers report that the road to the trail is closed. This will add approximately 2 miles total to your hike.

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hiking
3 months ago

very hot climb with no shade, go as early as possible to beat the heat. Lots of dead animals/bones along the way, but great views from the top.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

the road in is partly closed, adding an extra half mile or more each way. trail itself is nice. steadyish grade so pretty runnable. saw no rattlesnakes but a local farmer warned about them. views great.

hiking
6 months ago

Road to the trail is closed about one mile from the trailhead, so add an extra 2 miles total. We hiked to the top of the rocky cliff, but the trail is overgrown and easy to miss. Once you get to the trail post with a white t-shirt tied around it, check your trail map to make sure you’re headed the right way for the best views!

hiking
Sat Oct 20 2018

This area is open to hikers, though the road to the east parking lot is closed to vehicular traffic. Park at the west entrance on Buffalo Rd (where the horse riders park). You can get to the Rim following paths from this side. Not quite as pretty, but the view is still spectacular once you get to the ridge. Also, this should be a great hike next spring when the wildflowers bloom. I’ll come back then.

hiking
Tue Sep 04 2018

is this hike open?

ohv/off road driving
Wed Aug 22 2018

Still Closed. :(

hiking
Mon Aug 06 2018

8/4/18: Attempted to hike this trail but it is closed for a unspecified restoration period due to fire damage. (I was required to enter a star rating so matched to the most recent reviews).

hiking
Thu Jul 05 2018

Discovery Pass is required. We hiked the Yakima rim trail. The trail is well established. And the rocky trail helps at times as stepping stones. There are posts along the way which help as markers. There's good views of Selah, Mt Adam's, and mT Rainier, as well as the Canyon. The mountain side had been recently burnt . At the top looking at the Canyon road we did catch a glimpse of four rams. On hot days there is no shade So be wary of that. Over all, I rate this trail as an easy trail to almost or maybe a moderate trail

Sat Mar 17 2018

Long steep rocky climb. Great views.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Mar 05 2018

Really nice drive with young children along the Yakima River. Good hills and some areas actually would require 4 wheel drive in the rain.

hiking
Sun Mar 04 2018

Easy hike given the trail is well established and despite the half mile of pretty steep incline it’s not that bad. 5 miles round trip so expect to stay a couple of hours at least. Some tumble weed this time of year. Beautiful views.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Jan 08 2018

Nice and quiet, the main trails are flat with some muddy ruts here and there, but the side trails got a little more interesting, i took a few all the way down and found a couple camping spots right up next to the riverbank which would also make great fishing spots. I explored a few other side trails all the way up the side, where it got a little steeper with slightly larger rocks to climb over, to the top of the hills and when i went it was raining so it was foggy up there but i bet on a clear sunny day you could get a full 360 view, but still even at the top of the first hill by the power box you can get a great view of the valley

Fri Oct 13 2017

Long steep rocky climb to great views overlooking Yakima canyon and Roza Dam. Best in the spring when the fliers are abundant. You may see mountain sheep up on the steep sides too

Sun Aug 27 2017

this is no longer a loop. half is closed to motor vehicles. this trail should be marked as easy.

Mon Apr 17 2017

My daughter and I enjoyed ourselves hiking!

Mon Oct 10 2016

I've done this hike a few times and as a local (recently returned) to the valley the accessibility is definitely a high point. The trail is pretty easy in elevation although I would suggest you wear good shoes, the view is great, and there is hardly anyone on the trail. Today I saw one person -- granted, it was 60* and raining. I've hiked during summer months and it's usually pretty empty. Most locals don't know it exists and don't use it, in fact I've told many about it and rarely does anyone even know where buffalo road is. The major drawback for me was the tumbleweeds that completely covered much of the first leg of the trail. A little annoying since it's a discover pass required trail id expect it to be a little maintained. Dogs are allowed and mine loved it. Drive up the dirt road through the gate and don't waste your time walking it; the walk is long and kind of boring. The trail itself is pleasant and there's all sorts of wildlife to observe.

Tue Sep 06 2016

Great hike. Beginning was kinda a bummer because of all the tumbleweeds In the trail. We tried clearing them all. Well worth the hike!

hiking
Sat Mar 12 2016

Nice hike. Good cardio, fresh air, great view of Selah and surrounding mountains. Did it in early March, besides a light rain, it was doable and fun.

hiking
Thu Oct 01 2015

The trail was fun to drive to... Take Buffalo Rd to access the trail head road, you'll arrive at the gate, take that dirt road (1mile approx) to access your actual trail head! Once there you'll see the trail. Your climb awaits you! Lol once you have reached the top you'll find many other trails to adventure on!

ohv/off road driving
Mon May 25 2015

It was a nice walk in this arid environment...the rim has a lovely lookout of the river and dam. A nice easy elevation gain with nothing too intense. We had a fun time rallying the Jeep on the off-road trail on the way to the trail-head...Not a 'serious' off-road trail (you could probably do it in a Honda CRV or subaru), but fun nonetheless! Lots of horned-toads and little dessert critters running around- we encountered a Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis), so keep an eye out...

hiking
Mon Apr 14 2014

My wife and I hiked Yakima Skyline Rim. The dirt road up to the trail head was the worst road we have driven, but our trusty Forester got us without a problem. We followed the route featured in Best Desert Hikes: Washington, by Dan Nelson and Alan Bauer and made a loop of 4 miles with 1000 feet elevation gain. Wildflowers are in bloom. Mt Adams and Mt Rainier were visible most of the time. I guess now is the best time to visit this part of Eastern Washington. It is not too cold, not too hot, wildflowers are in bloom. We did not encounter a rattlesnake. http://alltrails.com/tracks/yakima-skyline-rim-4-13-2014

hiking
Mon Oct 14 2013

I accessed this trail from the dead end Buffalo Rd (arrived at via Wenas Rd). Through the gate there is a dirt road for some easy off-roading. There are a few hiking trails off of the dirt road that lead to the rim. The scrub brush and rock formations were beautiful on the way to the rim. The view at the rim was great. Foolishly strayed from the trail and quickly came across a rattlesnake.

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