Cowiche Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Yakima County, Washington. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 1,491 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 349 feet.
Cowiche Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson, Best Desert Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Lisa Wogan , Best Dog Hikes Washington (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Natalie Bartley, Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest (Falcon Guides).
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