Cowiche Canyon Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tieton, WA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.
Less than three mile point-to-point with two major trailheads. Several uphill scramble hikes with one leading to a winery. Easy mostly level hike, unless alternate uphill trails taken. Former railroad line. Some brush crowding trail, but not too bad overall. Eight bridges crossing a fast flowing (at the time) stream. Mostly unshaded. Toilets at trailhead.
Trail was decent. It is covered with gravel which made it difficult to walk through. Easy enough to take the family out for a walk.
stayed on the main trail maybe next time we will go on the upper trails wasn't to busy went on a friday. watch out for snakes tho. was a nice long walk tho nice experience an dogs loved it but got a cpl ticks so be careful and don't forget sure screen got a bit of a burn :)
This is a good early season (or fall) hike for Seattle area folks, especially when the west side weather is crummy. The gentle grade is a remnant of this trails history as an old railroad right of way. It's a little challenging getting to this trailhead, but it's a nice little hike.
Cowiche Canyon offers a lot of hiking bang for the buck. Because of its unique geological features each side of the canyon walls are different from the other. One side of the canyon is basalt cliffs left from the Missoula Flood some 15,000 years ago while the other walls were upheaval if the earth. Regardless if which direction you hike on this 6-mile there and back trip, the scenery is different making it almost as if you'd gone elsewhere. The trails are well groomed with few exceptions. Water from the stream is available to those with purifiers. Nearly a dozen bridges are available for stream crossing. Since we went on a weekend, there were a lot of folks in this well used trail. However, it never truly was overcrowded.
Great hike for anyone not wanting great changes in elevation. On hot days it would be a nice one for early morning or late evening. A nice trail to hike, but not far from civilization. No big views, but good flora to view.