On the Trail

Photo: Michael Northrup


Run, walk, hike, or ride!


CCC lands are one of Yakima’s many treasures. Our trails take you right out in to the beautiful shrub-steppe – an arid landscape made up of sagebrush and grasslands, flowering meadows, oak woodlands, and basalt cliffs. 

Everything you need to get out and experience shrub-steppe is right here: directions, GPS coordinates, maps, trail conditions, and what to know before you go. Have fun and be safe!


Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Uplands Hiking Recreation Yakima, WA Trails Shrub-Steppe Donate

If you use the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy trails, please consider a donation to support our work to maintain, protect and expand our trail system. Thank you!


Cowiche Canyon – West (Weikel)

Head west on Summitview Ave.
In 7.1 miles, turn right onto N Weikel Rd.
In 0.5 miles, turn right onto gravel road to parking lot.  From parking lot, walk east along the gravel road past the house to the TRAILHEAD.
Trailhead GPS: 46.6286296,-120.6599266,16


Cowiche Canyon – East

Head north on N 40th Ave.
In 1.3 miles, turn left onto W Powerhouse Rd.
In 1.1 miles, turn left onto Cowiche Canyon Rd.
Go 2.2 miles to the end of the road. The parking lot and TRAILHEAD are on the right.
Trailhead GPS: 46.6214235,-120.6279761,15


Cowiche Canyon – Uplands/Scenic

Head west on Summitview Ave.
In 1.6 miles, turn right onto N 66th Ave.
In 0.5 miles, turn left onto Englewood Ave.
In 0.9 miles, turn right on N 80th Ave.
In 0.2 miles, turn left onto Scenic Dr.
Go 0.5 miles. The parking lot and TRAILHEAD are on the right.
Trailhead GPS: 46.6101481,-120.6243069,16


Cowiche Canyon – Summitview

Head west on Summitview Ave.
Go 5.9 miles.  A small parking lot and TRAILHEAD are on the right.
Trailhead GPS: 46.6222782,-120.6732304,16


Snow Mountain Ranch

Head west on Summitview Ave. (starting from Summitview and S 7th Ave.)
In 8.8 miles, turn left on Cowiche Mill Rd.
Go 2.6 miles. The parking lot and TRAILHEAD are on the left, about 150 meters past the Cowiche Creek Nursery.
Trailhead GPS: 46.6597651,-120.7593044,17


NOTE: Due to deed restrictions at Snow Mountain Ranch, mountain biking is prohibited above the ditch bank. It is only allowed in the lowlands. Horseback riding is allowed at Snow Mountain Ranch, but riders must access the trails via Rocky Top due to a turnstile at the SMR trail system entry.


Rocky Top

Head west on Summitview Ave.
In 6.3 miles, turn left on Rocky Top Road.
Drive past Anderson Gravel about 0.4 miles to the large gravel parking area on the left.
Trailhead GPS: 46.627868, -120.683790

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Having fun on the East Uplands trail.

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Snow Mountain Hiking Recreation Yakima, WA Photo: Nate Monick Trails
Photo: Nate Monick

View of Cleman Mountain from top of Snow Mountain.

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Dog Hiking Recreation Yakima, WA Photo: Nate Monick
Photo: Nate Monick

Be sure to keep dogs on leash and on the trail at all times.


CCC lands are home to animals that pose safety risks to humans. Cougars, bears, coyotes, and rattlesnakes have all been spotted. These animals deserve your respect. For useful information about what to do if you encounter these animals, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) Living With Wildlife portion of their website.


WDFW responds to cougar and bear sightings when there is a threat to public safety or property. If it is an emergency, dial 911. If you experience a cougar or black bear problem, and it is not an emergency, contact the South Central region of WDFW (509 575-2740) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Photo: from Wikipedia Commons

Cougars roam in and around Cowiche Canyon and Snow Mountain Ranch.



Cowiche Canyon TrailsStatusUpdated
Cowiche Canyon TrailOPENSeptember 26, 2019
East Uplands TrailOPENSeptember 26, 2019
East Uplands North Loop Trail OPENSeptember 26, 2019
East Uplands South Loop TrailOPENSeptember 26, 2019
Lone Pine TrailOPENSeptember 26, 2019
Radio Flyer Loop TrailOPENSeptember 26, 2019
Summitview TrailOPENSeptember 26, 2019
Summitview South Loop TrailOPENSeptember 26, 2019
Snow Mountain Ranch TrailsStatusUpdated
Balanced Rock TrailOPENSept 26, 2019
Bench TrailOPENSept 26, 2019
Cowiche Mountain Trail EastOPENSept 26, 2019
Cowiche Mountain Trail WestOPENSept 26, 2019
Ditch Bank TrailOPENSept 26, 2019
Garry Oak TrailOPENSept 26, 2019
Riparian Overlook TrailOPENSept 26, 2019
Riparian Trail EastOPENSept 26, 2019
Riparian Trail WestOPENSept 26, 2019
Wildflower TrailOPENSept 26, 2019
Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Trail Shrub-Steppe Yakima, WA Snow Mountain Ranch Recreation Hiking Photo: Michael Northrup Trails
Photo: Michael Northrup

Snow Mountain trail

Great Horned owl owlets Balanced Rock Trail Snow Mountain ranch Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Photo: Kathy Gregory
Photo: Kathy Gregory

Great Horned owl and her owlets in a snag at the base of the Balanced Rock Trail at Snow Mountain ranch.


We have a few simple rules about dogs. These rules exist for the health and safety of dogs, owners, trail users, and wildlife.


1. Clean up after your dog. This means packing up your dog’s waste to keep our trails and lands clean and healthy.


2. Dogs must be under control at all times. Dogs should be leashed while in parking lots and at busy trailheads. When off leash, dogs must be under voice control. Dogs are presumed NOT to be under control when:

  • they threaten, harass, or chase wildlife.
  • they physically harm people directly or indirectly with their actions.
  • they touch or jump on other people who have not invited interaction with the dog.


Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Snow Dog Hiking Shoes Recreation Yakima, WA Photo: Nate Monick
Photo: Nate Monick

Snow dog on the Uplands trail!


Please do not leave valuables in your car. Cars at trailheads are ripe targets for prowlers. Report break-ins to the Sheriff’s office (509-574-2500 or 800-572-0490), and call 911 if you witness suspicious activities.


There is a rockslide on a segment of the trail in the Canyon between Bridges 6 and 7, west of the Uplands Trail and Winery Trail. If you use this segment of the trail, proceed at your own risk, and be very alert for falling rocks in the narrow canyon zones.


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. No specimen (e.g. rocks, plants, wildflowers) collecting. 

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Share-the-Trail Sign Safe Hiking Yakima, WA


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
  • Rock climbing
  • Camp stoves or barbeques
  • Construction of buildings
  • Mining, drilling or other ground disturbing activities
  • No specimen collecting
  • Drones are prohibited over CCC airspace
Please report any activities that do not comply with these stated management practices – (509) 248-5065. Thank you!