Swakane Canyon

Chelan, Washington 98816

Swakane Canyon

Swakane Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
October through December
1,550 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,000 feet
Top Elevation
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Contacts
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Chelan
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018