Outings & Events

What’s going on!

There are many ways to experience Shrub-Steppe.

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy creates a variety of opportunities for all ages to connect with the shrub-steppe. We work with  partners including other non-profit organizations, schools, and local, state, and federal agencies to engage the community with our work and build support for local conservation. 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Community events – live and virtual – aim to help our community engage

with our shrub-steppe in educational and inspiring ways. 

BALE BREAKER BEER RELEASE

What: Beer Release and Konnowac Pass Walking Tour

When: Friday, May 24, 4:30pm to 8pm

Where: Bale Breaker Brewing Co. Taproom (1801 Birchfield Rd, Yakima, WA 98901)

 

Staying around town for Memorial Day weekend? Join us at Bale Breaker Brewing Co. for a beer release (‘Nothing But Flowers Hazy IPA’) to benefit Cowiche Canyon Conservancy. Proceeds from the beer will support Cowiche Canyon Conservancy efforts to protect shrub-steppe habitat and connect people to it. Stop by anytime you can on the evening of May 24th to support CCC and drink some delicious beer. Every pint helps!

 

Konnowac Pass Walking Tour

As part of this event, we’re offering a free walking tour (with limited spaces) of Konnowac Pass, thanks to our friends Little Hopper. To introduce folks to the Konnowac Pass trail system, we’ll walk a 3 mile loop from the trailhead. The walk will gain about 300 feet of elevation. The walking tour bus will leave Bale Breaker at 4:45pm and return by 6:45pm, enough time for drinks and dinner at the brewery. The night’s food truck will be Woodshop BBQ.

 

Reserve a place here for the walking tour. Spaces are limited!

COMMUNITY WALKS

Our guided Community Walks are a great way for families to engage with the shrub-steppe, learn about plants and other wildlife, and become more comfortable with CCC trails. 

MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND WILDFLOWER WALK

What: Mother’s Day Weekend Wildflower Walk

When: Saturday, May 11, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Where: Snow Mountain Ranch trailhead

 

Register here

 

Celebrate moms and wildflowers by joining us for a family-friendly guided walk during peak wildflower season! We’ll offer two flower rich routes, one longer and one shorter.

Distance: 2 mi or 3.5 mi

Grade: uphill, uneven ground (~200 ft or 500 ft elevation gain)

*Please bring water, sturdy shoes, and clothes for variable weather.

GET TO KNOW A TRAIL: WALK N ROLL STROLL

What: Walk N Roll Stroll

When: Saturday, May 18, 10am to 12pm

Where: Rocky Top Trailhead (640 Rocky Top Rd., Yakima, Wa, 98908)

 

Register here

A guided community walk for families at Rocky Top. Come and see the last of the spring wildflower season along Rocky Top’s Walk N Roll and William O Douglas Trails.

 

Distance: ~2.5 mi

Grade: uphill (~250 ft elevation gain), rocky

 

*Please bring water, sturdy shoes, and clothes for variable weather. Pets are welcome if both pets and owners follow trail rules.

 

Conocer un Sendero: Walk N Roll Stroll

Que: Walk N Roll Stroll

Cuándo: Sábado, 18 de mayo, 10am a 12pm

Dónde: Rocky Top Trailhead (640 Rocky Top Rd., Yakima, Wa, 98908)

 

Regístrese Aquí

Una caminata guiada para familias en Rocky Top. Vamos a ver los finales de la temporada de flores por Walk N Roll y el William O Douglas Trail.

 

Distancia: ~2.5 mi

Cuesta: arriba (~250 ft), rocoso

 

*Por favor llevar aqua, zapatos fuertes, y ropa para variabilidad en el clima. Mascotas son bienvenidas SI dueños y mascotas siguen las reglas de senderos.

 

 

 

GET TO KNOW A TRAIL: BETSY’S TRAIL

Get to Know a Trail: Betsy’s Trail

When: Sunday, May 19, 10am to 1pm

Where: Snow Mountain Ranch

 

Register here

 

A guided walk on one of CCC’s newest and most beautiful trails, Betsy’s Trail! Walk a “lollipop loop” through many different habitat zones. 


Please note that this walk is longer and more difficult than other guided walks. We will take a break for lunch.

 

Distance: 6 miles

Difficulty: About 1000 feet of elevation gain

 

*Please bring water, sturdy shoes, and clothes for variable weather. Snacks or lunch are encouraged on this walk. We will take a break for lunch at about the half way point. Pets are welcome if both pets and owners follow trail rules.

 

 

Conozca un sendero: Sendero de Betsy

Cuándo: Domingo 19 de mayo, de 10.00 a 13.00 horas

Dónde: Snow Mountain Ranch

 

Regístrese Aquí

 

Un paseo guiado por uno de los senderos más nuevos y bonitos del CCC, el sendero de Betsy. Recorreremos un “bucle lollipop” a través de diferentes zonas de hábitats. 

 

Tenga en cuenta que este paseo es más largo y más difícil que otros paseos guiados. Haremos un descanso para almorzar.

 

Distancia: 10 km

Dificultad: Alrededor de 1000 pies de ganancia de elevación

 

*Por favor, traiga agua, zapatos resistentes y ropa para tiempo variable. Se recomienda llevar bocadillos o almuerzo. Haremos una pausa para comer a mitad de camino. Se admiten mascotas siempre que tanto ellas como sus dueños respeten las normas del sendero.

GET TO KNOW A TRAIL: SOUTH RIM TRAIL LOOP

Get to Know a Trail: South Rim Trail Loop 

What: South Rim Trail Loop

When: Thursday, May 23, 5pm to 7pm

Where: Cowiche Canyon Uplands/Scenic Trailhead (8905 Scenic Dr., Yakima, Wa, 98908)

 

Register here

 

Join us for a guided community walk exploring the eastern half of the Uplands. We will walk a mile along the South Rim Loop trail and take Tieton Andesite back to the Jeep Trail

 

Distance: ~3 mi

Grade: rocoso

 

*Please bring water, sturdy shoes, and clothes for variable weather. Pets are welcome if both pets and owners follow trail rules.

 

Conocer un Sendero: Vuelta de South Rim Trail

Que: Vuelta de South Rim Trail

Cuándo: Jueves, 23 de mayo, 5pm a 7pm

Dónde: Cowiche Canyon Uplands/Scenic Trailhead (8905 Scenic Dr., Yakima, Wa, 98908)

 

Registrese Aqui

 

Acompáñanos por un paseo guiado para explorar la parte este de los Uplands. Caminaremos una milla en un sendero sinuoso (South Rim Trail) a Tieton Andesite a Jeep Road.

 

Distancia: ~3.1 mi

Cuesta: arriba suave, rocoso

 

*Por favor llevar aqua, zapatos fuertes, y ropa para variabilidad en el clima. Mascotas son bienvenidas SI dueños y mascotas siguen las reglas de senderos.

WINTER TALK SERIES

Winter Talks are hosted in collaboration with Yakima Valley College. Talks explore biology relevant to protecting, restoring, and living in our shrub-steppe ecosystem.  Watch for announcements about 2024 talks.  Recordings of past talks can be found here.