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Cowiche Canyon

Central Washington

Trip Report By

WTA Member


Hiked May 23, 2015

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free
We made our annual spring pilgrimage to Cowiche Canyon. We explored the canyon on both May 23 and May 24. Beautiful weather! This is such a cool place. Lots of birds, wildflowers, and geologic wonders. Our kids loved running over the many bridges and up the canyon slopes. Of course, the vineyard spur trail is a must! The Wildridge Winery is great. There is a tasting room with light food options and lots of places for the kids to play. A nice mid-hike break. Total mileage from the Weikel Road (west) trailhead to the vineyard and back was 5.26 miles (according to my Garmin). Remember: this is rattlesnake country. We encountered a rattlesnake heading up the south slope of the canyon. I think we scared it more than it scared us (although with two kiddos, we had a fair amount of "apprehension" :)).