Swakane Canyon

Chelan, Washington

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That was our first reaction when we saw this desolate desert canyon. Though you’ll be following an old road, this canyon seems to have been carved just for hikers. Enjoy views up and down the foliage-rich canyon, watch the antics of countless animals (aloft and on the ground), and scramble periodically to a viewpoint on the canyon wall to peer east to the broad basalt-line of the Columbia River Canyon. Golden eagles have been seen nesting on the high cliffs near the base of the canyon, and rugged bighorn sheep—some with massive full curls on their horns, showing their advanced age—prowl the steep canyon and its side gullies.

Swakane Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"That was our first reaction when we saw this desolate desert canyon. Though you’ll be following an old road, this canyon seems to have been carved just for hikers. Enjoy views up and down the foliage-rich canyon, watch the antics of countless animals (aloft and on the ground), and scramble periodically to a viewpoint on the canyon wall to peer east to the broad basalt-line of the Columbia River Canyon.

Golden eagles have been seen nesting on the high cliffs near the base of the canyon, and rugged bighorn sheep—some with massive full curls on their horns, showing their advanced age—prowl the steep canyon and its side gullies."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chelan
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: October through December
Trailhead Elevation: 1,550 feet
Top Elevation: 3,000 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Chelan
Driving Directions: Directions to Swakane Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

2/13/2011
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this was amazing even this early in the year. its as if each step brings your sight to a greater distance. the view of turtle rock and the columbia river is awsome. but my favorite part was walking along the western ridge with roles and roles of valleys. this hike is not so much for the huge trees and river, but for the vast views. it gave me a new perspective on the land i live (i could almost see my house).



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