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Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve

Central Washington > Yakima
46.7090, -120.4666 Map & Directions
Length
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
0 feet
Highest Point
1160 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve. Photo by wafflesnfalafel. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls

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An easy hike up the Selah Creek canyon with views of both abundant wildlife and geological points of interest. Continue reading

Rating
3.00 out of 5

Hiking Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve

This hike up the Selah Creek canyon offers views of both abundant wildlife and geological points of interest.

The Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve was created in 1993 to protect habitat for the basalt daisy flower along the Selah Creek canyon. The large cliffs that run along the southern edge of the area originated with the Pomona basalt flows and are spectacular by themselves but also provide abundant song bird, raptor and small mammal habitat. 

The trail includes a half mile improved interpretive loop near the lot and additional two mile out-and-back trail continuing east along the preserve towards closer views of the huge Red G. Redmon bridge.  As with any arid region hike, take precautions against snake and tick bites. Do not venture past the fence on the far east side of the preserve - the US Army Yakima Training Center property starts just on the other side of the bridge.

WTA Pro Tip: Since this is a preserve, dogs are not allowed here. Additionally, there are no restrooms available at the trailhead, so plan for that. 

 

Hike Description Written by
Erik Morgenstern, WTA Correspondent

Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7090, -120.4666 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From either north or south bound Interstate 82, take exit 26 and head north on state route 821 which is on the west side of I- 82. Continue north 2.4 miles and look for an unmarked road on the east side of SR 821 - if you pass Selah Creek Dr and are heading up into the Yakima River canyon you have gone too far. After pulling off SR 821, follow the single lane gravel road approximately 100 yards southeast to the parking area and preserve signage.

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Central Washington > Yakima

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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