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.
In 8.8 miles, turn left on Cowiche Mill Rd.
Go 2.6 miles.  The parking lot and TRAILHEAD are on the left.
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

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy elsie take a hike Shirt

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.



Cowiche Canyon TrailsStatusUpdated
Cowiche Canyon TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
East Uplands TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
East Uplands North Loop Trail OpenAugust 24, 2018
East Uplands South Loop TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
Lone Pine TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
Radio Flyer Loop TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
Summitview TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
Summitview South Loop TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
Snow Mountain Ranch TrailsStatusUpdated
Balanced Rock TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
Bench TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
Cowiche Mountain Trail EastOpenAugust 24, 2018
Cowiche Mountain Trail WestOpenAugust 24, 2018
Ditch Bank TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
Garry Oak TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
Riparian Overlook TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
Riparian Trail EastOpenAugust 24, 2018
Riparian Trail WestOpenAugust 24, 2018
Wildflower TrailOpenAugust 24, 2018
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.


For the health and safety of dogs, their owners, and all trail users, CCC requires dogs to be with their owners on trails at all times, and on leashes or at the sides of their owners. Pet waste must be removed from trails and trailheads to keep the environment clean and safe. Thank you for helping keep our trails free of pet waste!

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!