Yakima Valley Hiking, Biking, and Off-Road Trails

Both the White Pass and Chinook Pass Scenic Byways funnel into the Yakima Valley, making the geologic diversity of the Cascade Mountain Range just a short drive away. There are also three major rivers flowing through the Valley, forming 109 different lakes and a total of 173 miles of flowing river, perfect for everything from fishing to rafting to standup paddleboarding. All this geologic diversity means this is one of those places where you can ski in the morning, mountain bike in the afternoon, then golf at twilight. You know what the hardest part about coming to the Yakima Valley is? Figuring out what to do first!

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Because of its unique geology and proximity to the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range, the Yakima Valley is a hiker's paradise. Rocky, granite canyons are topped by scenic, high-desert landscapes. Forest trails give way to breath-taking mountain vistas. But the best part? It's all just minutes away from Downtown Yakima. A quick drive, a short hike, and you get postcard-perfect views, and it took the same amount of time most people spend sitting in traffic every day.

It doesn't matter what your fitness level is, there's plenty of hiking options in the Yakima Valley! Stroll along 18-miles of paved pathway down the Yakima Greenway, escape into the scenic Yakima River Canyon or scale the summit of Mount Rainier; the possibilities are endless and easily accessible. And since many hiking trails pass through the vineyards of our local wineries, make sure to plan accordingly and end your hike on a delicious note!

  • Cowiche Canyon Hiking - Yakima Valley

    Cowiche Canyon

    Cowiche Canyon Conservancy maintains more than 30 miles of hiking trails that cater to all fitness levels. And with four different trailheads, that means easily accessible day hikes close to Downtown Yakima!

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    9 miles from the Visitor Information Center

  • Chinook Pass Hiking - Yakima Valley

    Chinook Pass

    This Scenic Byway connects three designated wilderness areas, two national forests and a national park, so there are limitless hiking options, from easy nature walks to thigh-burning uphill climbs!

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    67 miles from the Visitor Information Center

  • White Pass Hiking - Yakima Valley

    White Pass

    The White Pass Scenic Byway has endless options for hiking. Summit peaks, explore wilderness lakes or dive into rolling canyon! There are endless ways to find adventure on foot!

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    54 miles from the Visitor Information Center

  • Umtanum Recreation Area Hiking - Yakima Valley

    Umtanum Recreation Area

    Located in the scenic Yakima River Canyon, this beautiful spot lets you hike through massive basalt cliffs before crossing the Yakima River and transitioning into spectacular rolling desert hills.

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    24 miles from the Visitor Information Center

  • Yakima Greenway Hiking - Yakima Valley

    Yakima Greenway

    18 miles of paved pathway parallels two rivers, several fishing ponds and three parks. And since its open year round from dawn to dusk, it's the perfect spot for getting the dog out for walk!

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    1 mile from the Visitor Information Center

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Mountain Biking

Our 300 days of sunshine and the diverse geology of the Yakima Valley makes it a prime spot for mountain biking! And the best part: you don't have to drive forever to go do it! There are tons of places to get out and enjoy the outdoors with your bike! Whether you're just getting started riding or you're a seasoned pro, there are plenty of trails for everyone.

Road Biking

Cycling in the Yakima Valley provides a lot more than just great exercise. No matter what time of year you get out and ride, another great view is just around the corner. Bike past apple orchards in full bloom, alongside miles of lush vineyards, or acres of hop fields being harvested. Every season provides smooth roadways and scenic views while you pedal the miles away.

  • Cowiche Canyon Hiking - Yakima Valley

    Cowiche Canyon

    Mountain Biking

    With nearly 30 miles of trail stretching across two hilltops and a scenic canyon, this local favorite hosts a diverse mix of smooth gravel trails and aggressive single-track.

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    9 miles from the Visitor Information Center

  • Chinook Pass Hiking - Yakima Valley

    Chinook Pass

    Mountain Biking

    Fly along low-elevation trails in the sage-covered fringes of the forest, perfect for springtime and fall rides, or dodge through the trees in the high country that traverses through miles of alpine terrain.

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    67 miles from the Visitor Information Center

  • White Pass Biking - Yakima Valley

    White Pass

    Mountain Biking

    Once the snow melts you can ride to the top of White Pass Ski Resort, an elevation gain of nearly 2,000 feet! Not up for the challenge? There are plenty of accessible trails just minutes away.

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    54 miles from the Visitor Information Center

  • Yakima River Canyon Biking - Yakima Valley

    Yakima River Canyon

    Road Biking

    Ride your bicycle past the basalt layers in valley walls and follow the meandering Yakima River, as it sometimes slices between basalt cliffs formed by centuries-old upheavals.

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    24 miles from the Visitor Information Center

  • Yakima Greenway Biking - Yakima Valley

    Yakima Greenway

    Road Biking

    The Yakima Greenway is an 18-mile paved pathway that follows the Yakima River stretching from Union Gap to Selah. Take a break from riding by stopping at one of the 3 parks along the way.

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    1 mile from the Visitor Information Center

Biking Recreation Businesses

  • Boost Bikes

    Boost Bikes

    4040 Terrace Heights Drive
    Yakima, WA 98901
    509-823-7064

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  • Ahtanum State Forest - Yakima Valley

    Ahtanum State Forest

    With nearly 30 miles of trail stretching across two hilltops and a scenic canyon, this local favorite hosts a diverse mix of smooth gravel trails and aggressive single-track.

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    33 miles from the Visitor Information Center

  • Oakcreek Wildlife Area - Yakima Valley

    Oakcreek Wildlife Area

    Fly along low-elevation trails in the sage-covered fringes of the forest, perfect for springtime and fall rides, or dodge through the trees in the high country that traverses through miles of alpine terrain.

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    42 miles from the Visitor Information Center

  • Wenas Wildlife Area - Yakima Valley

    Wenas Wildlife Area

    Mountain Biking

    Once the snow melts you can ride to the top of White Pass Ski Resort, an elevation gain of nearly 2,000 feet! Not up for the challenge? There are plenty of accessible trails just minutes away.

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    30 miles from the Visitor Information Center

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