Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Area is an ideal recreation site for all types of outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers, mountain bikers, runners, cross-country skiers and wildlife observers. The are is only a few minutes from just about any location in Yakima.
The main trail in Cowiche Canyon is a old rail road that was converted into a pathway. This trail follows the creek and its lush flora, crossing it several times via bridges. The trail is a well maintained gravel pathway great. At the east end of the pathway is The Scenic Trail. It climbs from the canyon floor to the top of the canyon walls. Above on the plateau is one of the trail heads where there is plenty of parking. The Scenic Trail is a well maintained dirt trail with some pretty good elevation gain. The Scenic Trail is one one the more popular hiking trails in the Conservancy, so great care should be taken when riding on this trail. Please be alert and watch out for the hikers that are on the trail.
Parking and Trail Access
Head to the northwest side of Yakima. Go west on Summitview Road for a long time. You'll eventually see a turnoff for Weikel Road next to a large veterinary building. Follow Wiekel road around to a warehouse. Turn right at the warehouse; you will see the canyon trail entrance there.
Great family hike
This is a mostly level hike with loose gravel. The creek wanders back and forth under the trail bridges several times. There are many different kinds of birds that live in the canyon and well as butterflies, etc. This is a great spring hike, as it can ...