great trail

This was a great hike with some nice views. The weather was amazing for late November, clear skies and sunny. I can’t wait to hike this trail early spring and fall. I would suggest taking a picture of the map at the trailhead if you don’t know the trail, there are a lot of forks so it can be confusing.

3 months ago

Nice local trail. Trail was rocky but in good condition. We had three small dogs and they enjoyed the hike. The parking lot was full but we only saw a couple of people while out on the trail. There are lots of different trails but it would be hard to get lost because you can see the city. It was a very enjoyable short hike.

3 months ago

This was my first time hiking this upper trail. There are loose rocks and the trail itself was narrow but the views are great! The trail itself was a little confusing due to forks on the trail. I was glad I took a picture of the map before I started. I hiked down to the Canyon Trail, the foliage by the creek was vividly showing of all the colors of fall which was absolutely beautiful this time of year!

6 months ago

I took my wife and dogs with me on these trails. Definitely bring lots of water on hot days, there is no shade at all. Was easy walking, except for the few places where there are rocks on the trail. Think im going to take my mtn bike there and use these trails as a workout on the days i dont want to go to the gym.

Overall a great morning hike... definitely easy & we took a 6 year old who did fine! The trail was well maintained but a little confusing because there are so many points within the trail where there is a fork in the road... glad we had the App to keep us on track. Not crowded with some awesome views of the valley.

We always have a great time with our dogs!

11 months ago

Good Trail, really muddy in some spots, but that’s to be expected for this time of year ;) Dogs had a great time! Easy trail for after work or Sunday hike like today! :)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Long Trail, very steep on some parts of the trail especially if you go off trail like we did. Definitely take water and picture of the map if this is your first time there.
Not very good trail for toddlers so be prepared to carry up & down hill.
Awesome place to walk your dogs.
Will be returning but when my kids are a little old to cover the whole trail.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Very pretty hike, lots of interesting rock formations. We stayed on the main out and back trail which is gravel and mostly flat.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hiked Saturday morning. Not to busy. Always a fun and easy hike to get ready for the big ones later in summer. Went up to the winery and ate some lunch and hiked back down. Easy for all ages!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

More of a walk than a hike but great views nonetheless. Short side loops offer addition exploration possibilities. If you're into geology this is a must do, several interesting rock formations throughout..

Thursday, July 07, 2016

beautiful trail fun to walk!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A decent hike that all skill levels can accomplish. Not much for exploring off trail or for wildlife but comes with great views.
- M.A.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

I have hiked this trail many times and it's beautiful with about 7 Bridges intertwining between the two canyons. However, today on May 25th my roommate and I pulled up to three broken car windows that have been bashed in while people were on their hike. Be aware and beware!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Beautiful. Glorious vistas and panorama.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Love this hike, mostly easy with some challenging hills! We hike up to wilridge winery and enjoy a picnic and hike back! Our favorite way to spend a Saturday! Make sure to wear sunscreen and keep your eyes open for snakes.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

There isn't a lot to explore... But it makes for great exercise with great views. Ive been on the Cowiche trails about a dozen times, and I'm still not bored with it.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This trail system is about 5 miles from my house, and we've been there several times. It can be easily done on a hybrid bike, and is a blast on a mountain bike. The trails up to the rim are great for exploring and the area is a lovely little bit of nature close to Yakima.

If you live nearby or are visiting Yakima and want a short hike, this is a great option. If you're travelling, there are more worth-while trails a little to the west up White or Chinook Pass.

Hiking is just has fun. I listed the activity as mountain biking just because there aren't very many of those on this site.

Friday, June 06, 2014

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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

beautiful trail

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trail running
Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hiked Cowiche for the first time last weekend. Left cloudy Seattle for Yakima sunshine. Perfect time of the year! Not too hot and the Canyon when I was there was full of Spring blooms. The flat gravel/rock trail that runs the length of the Canyon is beautiful and good for all levels of hikers, runners, walkers. If you want to add some challenge, take trails up the sides of the Canyon, Uplands Trail or the Vineyard Trail (Wine tastings during open hours $5). They're fairly steep and a good extra workout. Both leave the main trail very close to bridge #8. There are at least 3 trail heads. Uplands is very steep and not a good choice for families with small children. If you want to avoid the steep trail in and out, start from the trailhead off Weikel Road or Cowiche Canyon Road. The trailhead at Cowiche Canyon also has an outhouse available and friendlier neighbors.

on Cowiche Canyon Uplands

Friday, December 07, 2012

Took a fun day trip with my girl friends. We started at the Uplands trail and hiked down to the canyon. The Uplands trail lacks shade so bring lots of water, and sunscreen. Beautiful views of the hills and desert land surrounding Yakima. Don't for get to check out the Wilridge Winery while you're there.

mountain biking
Friday, September 21, 2012

good trail for all skill levels and more challenging if you take the side trials that go up the hills

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