Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Yakima, WA


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Protecting our shrub-steppe and
connecting people to this vanishing landscape

Hike the Trails

Directions to Our Trailheads

Cowiche Canyon - West

From downtown Yakima, head west on Yakima Ave. Turn right on Summitview Ave and continue driving 9.1 miles west on Summitview Ave until you reach the large log cabin building at Weikel Road. Turn right and proceed 1/2 mile to the bottom of the hill and turn right into the parking area marked with a CCC trail sign.

Cowiche Canyon - East

From downtown Yakima, head west on Yakima Ave. Turn right on Summitview Ave. Turn right at N 40th Avenue. Follow 40th Ave to W Powerhouse Rd adn turn left. Take your 2nd left onto Cowiche Canyon Road and follow to the parking area marked with a CCC trail sign.

Cowiche Canyon - Uplands

From downtown Yakima, head west on Yakima Ave. Turn right on Summitview Ave. Turn right onto N 66th Ave. Turn left onto Englewood Ave. Turn right onto N 80th Ave. Turn left onto Scenic Dr. Go 0.5 miles. The parking lot and trailhead are on the right.

Snow Mountain Ranch

From downtown Yakima, head west on Yakima Ave. Turn right on Summitview Ave and continue driving for 10.9 miles to Cowiche Mill Road. Turn left and proceed 2.5 miles, passing Cowiche Creek Nursery on the right. Turn left into the fenced lot marked with CCC signs.


Trail Maps

There are over 30 miles of maintained trails for hiking, biking, running, horseback riding and showshoeing on CCC lands.

Map of Trails at Cowiche Canyon and Snow Mountain Ranch
Map of Cowiche Canyon and Uplands Trails
Map of Snow Mountain Ranch Trails - Deed restrictions prevent mountain bikes on the uplands of Snow Mountain Ranch.

Caution on Muddy Trails

Due to the rapid melting of the snow, some of our trails are quite muddy. Walking and riding on muddy trails can cause damage to the trails and worsen erosion.

If you encounter a muddy segment on the trail, particularly on hillsides, please stick to the lower lands and avoid using the muddy trails until they have dried out and are less vulnerable to damage.

Thank you for using this land responsibly!

Temporary Closure of Trail Segment in Cowiche Canyon

A segment of the trail in the Canyon is temporarily closed due to a recent rock slide, but Cowiche Canyon trails are open. The closure is between Bridges 6 and 7, west of the Uplands Trail and Winery Trail.
See map here

**Update on the rock slide**
We are still waiting to get an assessment on the ongoing risk and we haven't had any new slides.  If you use the trail and walk through this segment of the trail, proceed at your own risk, and be very alert for falling rocks in the narrow canyon zones.

 

 

Trail Information

Cowiche Canyon Trails

Rocky Top Trails

Rocky Top Trails

Snow Mountain Ranch Trails

Snow Mountain Ranch Trails

Other Hikes in the Area

Share the Trail

Trail Etiquette

Stay to the right ...
pass on the
left

Pedestrians:  Be alert for bikers and horseback riders, let them pass on the left.

Bicyclists:  Keep your speed down and let pedestrians know you are about to pass.

Horseback riders:  Use horseback trails and yield to bikers and hikers.

Dog owners: Please pick up after your pets and use a leash.

Parents: Make sure your children follow the rules.

Take only pictures. Leave only footprints.

Activities Not Permitted

The following activities are not allowed on Cowiche Canyon Conservancy-owned lands:

  • hunting
  • motorized vehicles
  • livestock grazing
  • fires
  • camping
  • discharge of firearms
  • road construction
  • man made dams
  • construction of buildings
  • mining, drilling or other ground disturbing activities

Please report any activities that do not comply with our stated management practices.

Support the Trails

Your enjoyment of the trail is made possible by donations to Cowiche Canyon Conservancy. Please go to the Support Our Work page and donate to help keep the trails open.

 

Trailhead Security

Cars at trailheads are ripe targets for prowlers.  Please help us reduce crime at our trailheads by leaving valuables behind.  Report break-ins to the Sheriff's office (509-574-2500 or 800-572-0490), and call 911 if you witness suspicious activities. 

 

Photograph by David Hagen

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy
P.O. Box 877
Yakima, Washington 98907
Tel. (509) 248-5065
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