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Cowiche Canyon Trail

EASY 85 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.

no shade
2 days ago

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

1 month ago

Close to home and great for trail running year round.

2 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.

4 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.

5 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

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Good conditions, water was flowing fast. Still very green

8 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.

11 months ago

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.

Thursday, October 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.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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

Sunday, July 01, 2018

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

Thursday, June 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.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Great views and a great hike!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

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

Tuesday, October 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
Monday, July 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 :)

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.

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.

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