Welcome to Cowiche Canyon Conservancy—escape to tree-shrouded streams, sage-dotted slopes, dramatic cliffs and abundant wildlife. We are a land trust originally founded in 1985 to preserve Cowiche Canyon, a treasure trove of the natural world in south Central Washington. Located just west of Yakima, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy owns and manages 5,000 acres and offers close to 30 miles of trails through sage and grasslands, flowering meadows, oak woodlands, and basalt cliffs. Cowiche Creek flows through our ownerships, replete with salmon, beavers, crayfish, great blue herons, and myriad other wildlife drawn to water in our arid lands.
Cowiche Canyon Conservancy’s work is to:
- Conserve the natural lands of our area
- Manage, improve and expand a high quality recreation experience through a non-motorized trail network
- Offer educational opportunities through guided hikes, lectures, and field-based learning
- Participate in the well-being of our community
Fall Colors Hikes
Saturday, 10/22 - 10 am at Snow Mountain Ranch
Take a walk and experience the beautiful colors of the season! Walks range from the 0.5 mile flat Garry Oak Trail to the 6.5 mile hike to the top of Cowiche Mountain. Walks are family friendly.
No charge to participate.
Meet in the parking lot at the check-in station at 10 am. Volunteers will be available to help with trail selection.
Directions to Snow Mountain Ranch from Yakima: Head west on Summitview Ave.
Turn left on Cowiche Mill Rd.
Go 2.6 miles. The parking lot is on the left.
Overflow parking is available at Cowiche Creek Nursery.
Protect this Last Piece!
YOU DID IT! You protected the last piece. Thanks to your generous support, CCC has successfully completed the Capital Campaign to purchase 200 acres of privately owned land within
Snow Mountain Ranch.
There was a recent incident at one of the Cowiche Canyon trailhead parking lots. A car was broken into through a smashed window. There was a garage door opener and car registration stolen out of the vehicle and the back tire was flattened. The perpetrator then attempted to break-in to the victim’s home and was interrupted by a watchful neighbor.
Please do not leave your valuables, garage door openers or personal information, including car registration in your car and contact the Sheriff’s office at (509) 574-2500 if you see any suspicious activity in the parking lots or around trailheads. We are reaching out to local law enforcement and neighbors to address these safety issues.
Saturday, 11/5 - 10 am Photography Hike with David Hagen at Cowiche Canyon Weikel Entrance
Saturday, 12/17 - 10 am Meditation Hike at Cowiche Canyon Weikel Entrance