Cowiche Canyon Trail

EASY 28 reviews

Cowiche Canyon Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tieton, Washington 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
400 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

skiing

snowshoeing

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

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.

6 hours ago

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Easy trails, weather was nice for early October. There are some harder trails if you want challenge (they take you up the ridge) or you can stay on the gravel path.

mountain biking
1 month ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

Fun and easy trail to ride on, trail is wide enough for hikers and bikers, but there were some points where you'd have to dismount because it wasn't possible to ride on. The scenery is so beautiful there, every bridge you come across is a picture taking opportunity. If riding, there are a lot of points on the trail with new and loose gravel, be careful in those areas. Be sure use sunscreen, pack some snacks and a lot of water, it does get hot out there and there's not a lot of shade. It was only around 83 degrees today, but the sun was intense. Be wary of animal poop too, I almost wiped out trying to avoid one of the piles

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

My family had a great time on this trail. it makes you forget your in Yakima.

5 months ago

5 months ago

We hiked up the east side of Cowiche MT.When you reach the summit, make sure to hike over the top of the Mt. so you see the beautiful wild phlox and wild sunflowers, along with other flowering ground cover located over the opposite side. use sunscreen and a hat since cover is limited.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great easy walk

5 months ago

Great little hike with the fur babies! Take lots to drink. It's pretty windy at the top also.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Arrived at the trailhead off of Weikel Road about 11ish. Prior Trail reports on other website note that break ins are common at the lower trailhead. Maybe 7 cars in the parking lot. No pass required. Have to pass a couple of houses and a braying donkey  to get to the trial. Day was overcast but warm, about 60ish. Very little elevation gain on the trail, unless a side trail/spur is taken. Very few bugs, no snow. Trail is well maintained. Water is running fast in the creek, but like all the little bridges.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

The trail goes along the Tieton river with cute little bridges at intersections. It is almost flat, with the black stone-y gravel and plenty of wildflowers and very green all over. On the day we hiked, sun was bright adding to the warmth.

The trail itself is around 3.5 miles out and back, but you can extend it by walking further along after you see the 'Bypass Bridge' board on the right. This will lead the trail closer to some people's backyards, without getting into their private territory. You can even hike up some of the hillocks for great views. We managed to make a 6 mile hike here.

Be careful to not step on the wildflowers or deviate from the trail, but do take time to enjoy the river when it passes so close to the trail. There is dog-poop in places, so watch out.

hiking
7 months ago