From hiking and mountain biking to motor sports and more, you’ll find every reason to get outside in Union Gap. Check out a few favorite destinations.
Make Union Gap your home base for winter recreation! With abundant snowfall and fantastic weather conditions, the Yakima Valley is the place to ride. There are hills to climb and trails to blaze for riders of all skill levels. Get your fix under reliably sunny skies with adventures in every direction. Stay in Union Gap and check out sno-parks all around the Yakima Valley. The best part? You’ll never worry about parking for your rig and your machines at Union Gap hotels. Hotel parking is abundant, open and always free!
At more than 3,000 feet, have fun in the snow and the sun, with everything from snowmobiling and snowshoeing to fat bikes. Ahtanum Meadows and Ahtanum Guard Station sno-parks are just a short drive away. You’ll find 67 miles of groomed snowmobile trails with views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams in the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Area, which includes the Ahtanum Green Dot Road system.
Head up Highway 12 toward White Pass and Highway 410 toward Chinook pass for more winter riding. The eastern Cascade Mountains make for beautiful, sunny alpine rides with plenty of trails to choose from and without the crowds you might find elsewhere. You can even ride all the way to Greenwater Sno-Park! Check out riding all around Union Gap.
Right in Union Gap, find two trailheads at the Central Washington Ag Museum that lead to stunning views of upper and lower Yakima Valley from the top of Ahtanum Ridge. One trail head begins at just behind the museum and the other on the museum grounds. Round trip, from one trailhead to the other is three miles. The museum provides walking poles outside the visitor center on an honor basis. One end of the popular 20+ mile Yakima Greenway path starts in Union Gap and runs all the way to Naches. It is a paved pathway with parks, fishing lakes, picnic areas, playgrounds and protected and natural areas, perfect for walking, running, biking, fishing bird watching and more.
The 75,000-plus-acre Ahtanum State Forest is just 30 miles away and offers a variety of warm weather outdoor recreation opportunities, including camping, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, off-road vehicle riding and mountain biking. Ahtanum State Forest includes roads in the Green Dot Road system which are open for vehicle and off-road-vehicle riding.