Cowiche Canyon


Day Hike - Cowiche Canyon

This is a mostly flat, well maintained trail on an old railroad bed through the Cowiche Canyon, following the Cowiche Creek.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft

Meet at Gas Station East of I-82 at the Selah exit #26.  From there I will lead the cars to the trailhead, which is west of Yakima.  Please arrange carpooling as desired to get to meeting place.  Meeting time is 9:00 am.  Leader has red Ford Edge with WSU plates.

I would say this hike is closer to 5 miles round trip, than 6, as described above.  Should be some flowers, and there are birds, and nests on the canyon walls.  I have seen otters in the creek in the past.  We will cross 7 bridges, there is no wading required.  If desired by the group, we can hike up a hillside on a trail to a winery; or hike up the opposite hillside, on a trail, for views.  Interesting canyon walls, and rock outcroppings.  No parking permit required--this is owned and managed by the Yakima conservancy.


Cowiche Canyon

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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