Outdoor Adventures in Yakima Valley

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Fishing-10.jpgBy Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau

Serene to spine-tingling, there are plenty of ways to answer the call of the wild.

In the Yakima Valley, weather and topography team up to create the perfect conditions for outdoor adventure. Weather in the valley is moderate during the spring and fall, crisp and cold in the winter, and hot and dry in the summer, and no matter what the season, there's a good chance the sun will be shining.

Spectacular mountain passes, deep blue lakes, rushing rivers and pretty meadows provide a wealth of exhilarating recreational opportunities. For the adventurous, there is skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing and river rafting, alongside the more serene pursuits of horseback riding, hiking and golfing.
Fishing-19-1.jpgFishing, hiking and horseback riding
There are numerous trailheads throughout the Yakima Valley for hikers and equestrians of all skill levels, as well as access to fishing, hunting and exploring the high lakes, mountain meadows and countless streams. Swimming, boating, fishing and horseback riding are all available at nearby Bumping Lake and Rimrock Lake.

The Yakima River is a classic western trout stream and fly fishing has become increasingly popular in recent years. The riffles and pools provide great places for prize rainbows to hide and feed. Prime times for fishing are September through November and in the spring, when flows are highly variable but a wide variety of insect hatches provide excellent angling.

Anglers must release all trout on this river, and are restricted to artificial flies or lures with a barbless hook. There are many local outfitters who can provide guided outings on the river and help to ensure that your first experience on the fantastic Yakima River is a memorable one.

uptop.jpgSkiing, snowboarding and mountain pursuits
Just 40 minutes from Yakima are two spectacular mountain passes: White Pass and Chinook Pass. Both provide beautiful scenic drives, access to the Pacific Crest Trail, and numerous opportunities for hiking, fishing, mountain-biking and nature photography.

The White Pass Ski Area has excellent Alpine and Nordic facilities and even offers a number of summer activities at the White Pass Village Inn, including bird watching, fishing and swimming. Alpine skiing and snowboard enthusiasts will revel in the 350 inches of annual snowfall, the five ski lifts and the 1,500-foot vertical drop.

White-water rafting on the Tieton River
Each September, Pacific Northwest white-water enthusiasts gear up for one of the state's most invigorating rafting trips. The Yakima Valley Flip Flop is an annual event that takes advantage of the manipulation of the Tieton River for irrigation.

A torrent of water is released from Rimrock Lake down to the Tieton River and into the Naches River, more than doubling the river's normal flow to 2,500 cubic feet and creating a fast-paced intermediate rafting run. Osprey Rafting provides white water trips complete with lunch or dinner. Runs fill up quickly, so call early for reservations.

Yakima Sportsman State Park
Recreational vehicle owners love this destination for its spacious camping sites, plentiful shade trees and access to the Yakima River. A fishing pond, hiking trails, playgrounds, covered picnic areas and sandy volleyball courts are also available at this beautiful state park, which hosts informational evening programs during the summer.

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