Prepare for a long day as we explore Cowiche Canyon and Snow Mountain, just west of Yakima. These wildflower preserves were made possible by the efforts of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, who now manages over 5,000 acres for conservation purposes. These walks provide a treasure trove of color: purple Sage Brush Violets, blue Delphinium, pink Big Headed Clover, and yellow Balsamroot.
The walk starts at the west end of Cowiche Canyon and follows Cowiche Creek to the east. This is a riparian area where water-loving plants grow. We will find red dogwoods, willows and clematis along the banks and further east, a trail leading to a loop up the east side of the ridge, to offer up a more shrub steppe environment, with purple Penstemon, yellow daisies and the wild onions. This area was preserved due to its ecological importance and botanical diversity. After lunch, a walk along the many paths crossing Snow Mountain to see the sage violets, phlox and magnificent views of the flower-covered slopes. Come join us for a walk in paradise!
Meet: 8:30 a.m. at Van Giesen Park & Ride. Dress appropriate for the weather, bring lunch and drinks, and don’t forget your cameras. Please contact trip leader Rik Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending.