Cowiche Canyon Trail

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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
285 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 days ago

super clean and well kept. it's an awesome after work type trail. family friendly and connects to a bunch of other trails. if from out of town, it's a good one to check out.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike along the creek, easy, wide and flat trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Great views and a great hike!

5 months ago

Easy walk along a busy creek with nice rock formations on the walls of the cliffs. Also some side climbing trails possible

hiking
8 months 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
11 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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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

Friday, May 19, 2017

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
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Great easy walk

Monday, May 01, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

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
Sunday, April 02, 2017

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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

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 :)

hiking
Monday, March 16, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 22, 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.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

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.

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