Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Yakima, WA

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Protecting our shrub-steppe and
connecting people to this vanishing landscape

Hike the Trails

Directions to Trailheads from
40th Ave and Summitview

Cowiche Canyon - West (Weikel)

Head west on Summitview Ave.
In 7.1 miles, turn right onto N Weikel Rd.
In 0.5 miles, turn right onto gravel road to parking lot.  From parking lot, walk east along the gravel road past the house to the TRAILHEAD.

Cowiche Canyon - East

Head north on N 40th Ave.
In 1.3 miles, turn left onto W Powerhouse Rd.
In 1.1 miles, turn left onto Cowiche Canyon Rd.
Go 2.2 miles to the end of the road. The parking lot and TRAILHEAD are on the right.

Cowiche Canyon - Uplands/Scenic

Head west on Summitview Ave.
In 1.6 miles, turn right onto N 66th Ave.
In 0.5 miles, turn left onto Englewood Ave.
In 0.9 miles, turn right on N 80th Ave.
In 0.2 miles, turn left onto Scenic Dr.
Go 0.5 miles. The parking lot and TRAILHEAD are on the right.

Cowiche Canyon - Summitview

Head west on Summitview Ave.
Go 5.9 miles.  A small parking lot and TRAILHEAD are on the right.

Snow Mountain Ranch

Head west on Summitview Ave.
In 8.8 miles, turn left on Cowiche Mill Rd.
Go 2.6 miles.  The parking lot and TRAILHEAD are on the left.

Rocky Top

Head west on Summitview Ave.
In 6.3 miles, turn left on Rocky Top Road.
Drive past Anderson Gravel about 0.4 miles to the large gravel parking area on the left.

Trail Maps

There are over 30 miles of maintained trails for hiking, biking, running, horseback riding and showshoeing on CCC lands.

Map of Cowiche Canyon and Uplands Trails
Map of Snow Mountain Ranch Trails - Deed restrictions prevent mountain bikes on the uplands of Snow Mountain Ranch.


We have a recent report of a cougar sighting in the Uplands of Cowiche Canyon, not far from the Scenic parking lot. What to do if you encounter a cougar

Please drive slow and reduce dust at the Weikel Trailhead of Cowiche Canyon. Thank you!

Trail News

Keep our trails in good condition by checking the Mud-O-Meter at the trailhead! Thank you for staying off the trails when they are muddy to prevent doing damage.

Mud O Meter


Caution on Trail Segment
in Cowiche Canyon

There was a rock slide last winter on a segment of the trail in the Canyon between Bridges 6 and 7, west of the Uplands Trail and Winery Trail. If you use this segment of the trail, proceed at your own risk, and be very alert for falling rocks in the narrow canyon zones.

Trailhead Security

Cars at trailheads are ripe targets for prowlers.  Please help us reduce crime at our trailheads by leaving valuables behind.  Report break-ins to the Sheriff's office (509-574-2500 or 800-572-0490), and call 911 if you witness suspicious activities. 

Dogs on the Trails

For the health and safety of dogs, their owners, and all users on our trails, CCC requires dogs to be with their owners on trails, and on leashes or at the sides of their owners. Pet waste must be removed from our trails and trailheads to keep the environment clean and safe. Thank you!



Trail Information

Cowiche Canyon Trails

Snow Mountain Ranch Trails

Please note: Horses are allowed on the trails at Snow Mountain Ranch,
but there is no access for horses at the SMR trailhead.
Horses can access SMR trails via Rocky Top.

Snow Mountain Ranch Trails


Share the Trail

Trail Etiquette

Stay to the right ...
pass on the

Pedestrians:  Be alert for bikers and horseback riders, let them pass on the left.

Bicyclists:  Keep your speed down and let pedestrians know you are about to pass.

Horseback riders:  Use horseback trails and yield to bikers and hikers.

Dog owners: Please pick up after your pets and use a leash.

Parents: Make sure your children follow the rules.

Take only pictures. Leave only footprints.

Activities Not Permitted

The following activities are not allowed on Cowiche Canyon Conservancy-owned lands:

  • hunting
  • motorized vehicles
  • livestock grazing
  • fires
  • camping
  • discharge of firearms
  • road construction
  • man made dams
  • construction of buildings
  • mining, drilling or other ground disturbing activities

Please report any activities that do not comply with our stated management practices.

Support the Trails

Your enjoyment of the trail is made possible by donations to Cowiche Canyon Conservancy. Please go to the Support Our Work page and donate to help keep the trails open.




Photograph by David Hagen

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy
P.O. Box 877
Yakima, Washington 98907
Tel. (509) 248-5065
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