"A group of dedicated volunteers with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy worked for years to develop this trail—or, rather, to un-develop this trail—because this old railroad right-of-way is now a path through a wild wonderland. In short, this trail could be the crown jewel in Washington’s collection of rails-to-trails. The old train line path weaves through an astounding set of deep road cuts and over a double handful of trestle bridges spanning Cowiche Creek as it climbs through this stunning canyon. The path in the canyon bottom follows a portion of the old 1880s railroad route that stretched from Yakima to the Tieton area in the Cascade foothills." Read more
"One of the best rail trails in the state, Cowiche Canyon is an interesting pocket of wilderness surrounded by orchards, vineyards and other forms of civilization.
Go in spring for the show of colorful wildflowers. Nearly anytime you go, a radiant blue sky will hang over the canyon’s steep, rocky walls." Read more
"Cowiche Canyon Trail takes you through both geological and railroading history. Slicing through a canyon and crossing the creek repeatedly, this rail trail makes for a tour that’s both dramatic and peaceful. You’ll have many opportunities to observe plant and animal life." Read more
"There are a handful of places near towns that feel so remote you can lose yourself in solitude. Cowiche Canyon, 6 miles northwest from downtown Yakima, is just such a place! With the tall canyon walls, gentle flowing creeks, well-maintained trails, and seasonal wildflowers, this place is a treasure for both those who care to stroll and those who wish to crank out a swift trail run.
The fairly level path allows “elevationally challenged” hikers to enjoy a leisurely walk without much exertion. Spring and fall are the best times for this hike; summer may be uncomfortably warm." Read more
"One of the best rail trails in the state, Cowiche Canyon is an interesting pocket of wilderness surrounded by orchards, vineyards and other forms of civilization. Go in spring for the show of colorful wildflowers. Nearly anytime you go, a radiant blue sky will hang over the canyon’s steep, rocky walls." Read more
"Ideal for all mountain bikers, this ride is located in a locally maintained conservancy area. The main trail is an old railroad grade. Follow the well-kept gravel road over nine bridges along the Cowiche Creek east to the Scenic Trail. Optional trip is the Overlook Trail between bridges eight and nine. Climb up the canyon to the uplands area for a gorgeous view. Explore with care —the area is a designated shrub-steppe ecosystem, very fragile and home to many rare plants. Stay on existing trails and avoid heading in and out of the canyon when the trails are wet to prevent further problems with erosion." Read more