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Riparian and Butterfly Loop

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Length

1.2 Miles 1.9 Kilometers

98%

Runnable

Elevation

74' 23 m

Ascent

-74' -23 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

1,883' 574 m

High

1,842' 561 m

Low

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A very pleasant tour of tne restored meadow and the Cowiche Creek riparian area.

Thoralf Gamlem

Overview

No motorized vehicles.
This trail through the Cowiche Creek riparian area showcases the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy's restoration and butterfly "Citizen Science" work in our vanishing Shrub-Steppe landscape.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

The entry trail crosses an important meadow area which is being restored with native grasses, and then the irrigation and Cowiche Creek bridges. Passing the trailhead kiosk, turn onto Riparian Trail West, the pathway that follows Cowiche Creek to the "Butterfly Garden" which contains the Coronis and other butterfly species favorite feeding plants.

Beyond the Butterfly Garden, the singletrack crosses the riparian meadow on the Swallowtrail Trail, a trail through the area being developed to enhance butterfly habitat. You then connect back onto the Riparian Trail West which follows the meadow border back to the kiosk.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, coyote, owls, rattlesnakes, many species of butterflies, and many other Shrub-Steppe creatures live in this unique riparian meadow setting.

History & Background

This run illustrates the restoration work that was one of the major the reasons for the purchasing and protecting the Snow Mountain Ranch property.

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Apr 18, 2018
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