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Cowiche Canyon Trail

EASY 99 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 offers a number of activity options 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




bird watching



wild flowers


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.

13 days ago

Great trail to go on. The trail is clear and the signs are easy to catch. You’re always next to the water which the sound adds to the beauty of the trail. At the beginning you will hike through some houses but eventually make your way to the main trail where you will see different trees like the ponderosa trees and rocks. There is a beaver damn so you might be able to see a beaver. The bridges are safe and sturdy to walk across. Overall, there are different trails within the main trail, you just have to pick which direction you want to go when you see the signs. Good for walking or jogging.

21 days ago

Easy trail with interesting high desert steppe vegetation, basalt and other volcanic rocks, a river, and beautiful Fall colors. You can take a side path upwards to a winery. The quiet is very relaxing. It gets chilly in the shaded areas at this time of year (Nov), but the air is fresh and energizing.

2 months ago

sadly the park is closed due to vandalism :/

2 months ago

A nice easy trail, along the river in the canyon.

no shade
3 months ago

Perfect trail for fall! had a great time with my two small dogs.

5 months ago

Close to home and great for trail running year round.

5 months ago

Always enjoy this area for excersize and have been going weekly for months. My car was broken into and vandalized at the trail head parking lot, 2nd car was vandalized and a 3rd car was stolen.

7 months ago

Flat hike the whole way - right by houses and freeway for the first part (wasn’t a fan of that). Trail is very well maintained and has placards with information about the land, and many plant species are tagged and labeled. Moderate traffic.

8 months ago

perfect trail for a quick hike. easy walk lots of lil critters to photograph. few snakes minding there own business. tons of beautiful wildflowers

9 months ago

Nice, easy trail for a day out. Nice views at the city at the top.

9 months ago

Has some gorgeous views and is definitely a good place for simple walks!

9 months ago

Good conditions, water was flowing fast. Still very green

11 months ago

I've done this hike numerous times over the years, however today is the first time I've done it during the winter. I began at the trailhead which is off of Summitview Ave, to Weikel road. I used snowshoes, though they weren't necessary as long as you followed the groomed path created by cross country skiers. From one end to the other is just under three miles. Their are alternative routes which gain elevation as you ascend the ridge, but I just stuck with the main route. This is an easy hike, which is accessible year round.

Mon Oct 29 2018

Easy hike if you stick to the bottom of the canyon. We chose to take a trail up to the ridge and follow Historical Jeep Path with our 2 dogs. It’s about an 800 feet climb. Quite a few loose rocks on the upper trails. Once on the ridge it’s really windy. Only complaint is people not picking up after their dogs.

Thu Oct 04 2018

What a great hike! I started out at the East Uplands trail head (on Scenic Dr) and went down to Cowiche Canyon Trail. If you get a chance before too long just hike the Canyon Trail and you will be treated with all the foliage by the creek turning yellows, oranges and red. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL this time of year.

Sat Aug 18 2018

This is an easy hike with plenty to see, birds, bugs, and the beautiful stream.

Sun Jul 01 2018

We enjoyed this easy hike. Put our feet in the water. Saw a largish rattlesnake who warned us off loudly.

Thu Jun 14 2018

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.

Thu Apr 26 2018

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

Sat Feb 17 2018

Great views and a great hike!

Sat Dec 23 2017

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

Tue Oct 10 2017

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
Mon Jul 17 2017

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

Tue May 23 2017

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

Fri 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.

Sat May 13 2017

Great easy walk

Mon May 01 2017

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

Thu Apr 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.

Sun Apr 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.

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