Cowiche Mountain Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,149' 350 m
Descent: -1,151' -351 m
High: 2,954' 900 m
Low: 1,845' 562 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“This is definitely the best route in Snow Mountain Ranch area. Amazing views and wildflowers.”— Thoralf Gamlem
Start from the trailhead on the Snow Mountain Ranch Entry Trail to trailhead kiosk. From this short connector, you'll join the Lower Cowiche Mountain West trail. This trail travels through an interesting Shrub-Steppe landscape offering better views of the surrounding valley and Cascade Mountains as the altitude changes.
From Lower Cowiche Mountain West, you'll connect onto Upper Cowiche Mountain West. This is the upper segment connecting the Lower Cowiche Mountain West trail to the summit of Cowiche Mountain. After taking the doubletrack trail of the Lower portion, runners will transition to a singletrack-type trail as they continue on to the summit. You'll need to be a bit more careful with your footing, but the surrounding wilderness makes up for it.
Once you take a moment to appreciate the beautiful vistas provided by the peak, head back down the Upper Cowiche Mountain West trail to it's junction with Lower Cowiche Mountain West and Wildflower Trail. Take a right onto Wildflower Trail to continue your descent. This trail heads through a meadow that is being restored with wild grasses. Along the way, you'll pass through areas of abundant wildflowers with wonderful views of the Cascades and Yakima Valley.
Once at the bottom of Wildflower Trail, retrace your steps back to the parking lot to finish out the run.
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Land Manager: Cowiche Canyon Conservancy