Cowiche Canyon in April 2015
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Cowiche Canyon is located in Yakima WA. It is quite a stunning & an easy walk. Even though the surrounding area is heavily developed in housing & orchards, it looks perfectly natural. The canyon encloses the view to conceal everything but the native plants, the landscape & the wide, level path with 9 sturdy bridges over Cowiche Creek. (In case you wonder, Cowiche is pronounced: cow-itchy.) This trail was once a railroad bed. It runs slightly more than 3 miles long & connects to 4 other trails. The Cowiche Canyon Conservancy is the owner & caretaker of the trail. It's mission is to preserve & restore shrub-steppe & riparian terrain within the Cowiche Creek & Naches River watershed areas in the Yakima Valley. It own 2,000 acres & has a conservation easement on another 3,000 acres of land.