|Area: Stevens Canyon
||Hike Type: Kid & Dog Friendly||Pass: none|
|Distance: 6.2 mile loop||Duration: 4-5 hours||Difficulty Level: moderate|
|Snow-Free: Mar-Nov||High Point: 2,950 feet||Elevation Gain: 1,250 feet|
Features: kid-friendly, dog-friendly, exceptional wildflowers, exceptional views, wildlife watching
Hike to the top of a broad windswept ridge savoring sunshine and sweeping views. Centerpiece to an old cattle ranch transformed into a nature preserve, wildlife and wildflowers are prolific on Cowiche Mountain. Especially the latter come spring when the surrounding shrub-steppe is shrouded with brilliant golds and purples. And the views? From the gateway peaks of the Yakima River Canyon to Washington’s two highest summits—snowy volcanic twins Rainier and Adams—they’re extensive and breathtaking.