Cowiche Canyon


Day Hike - Cowiche Canyon

An East of the Cascades Naturalist trip with opportunities for birds, wildflowers, and geography, on a gentle grade rail trail along Cowiche Creek.

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

7am  65th St. Park and Ride, Seattle, North End of lot

We’ll see basalt and andesite cliffs along a creek with wildflowers in the spring.  The creek is always close at hand, and the riparian vegetation and sagebrush hillsides are home to numerous species of songbirds, while raptors and vultures circle above the cliffs. 

As a Naturalist trip, we will move slowly and pause frequently to identify species and listen to bird calls.  

Bring binoculars.


Cowiche Canyon

  • Red Marker
    46.630176, -120.663307
    46.6301757174 -120.66330671
  • Red Marker
    46.621860, -120.619698
    46.6218601952 -120.619697572
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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