Cowiche Canyon

Trail Difficulty – Easy

Trail Type – Gravel

Distance – 6.25

Elevation Gain – 100 Feet

Camera in hand we headed out for Hike 9 and the Weekly Photo Challenge; Arranged.  We intended to only walk 5 miles, but when we stopped it was 6.25.  While there was still a path, it was not paved and for the first time I could not hear cars – it was perfect.

The trail is a part of the Rails-to-Trails program whose mission it is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors.  This was out first hike with some elevation; we started at 1400 feet and the high point was 1500 feet.  A long way from the Inca Trail, but a start.

Right at the trailhead there was an old homestead site where nothing remained but the shade tree.

tree, hike, green, shade

Arranged Shade

About a quarter of the way up we looked for a place to rest. Heading to the flat rock we saw the stone next to it looked like a face admonishing us to keep moving.  I had read about it earlier, but it was still startling to come across it unawares.

Face, stone, hike

Arranged to intimidate

Spring is on its way, but the startling colors of Winter are still here. I will be a little sad when all of this is covered by leaves.

River, hike, colors

Arranged in a palette

My husband pointed out the Snake Grass growing by the river.  After I got home I realized that the photo contained all the stages in the life of the plant.

snake grass, hike, arranged

Arranged in Order

It was a nice surprise to see a cairn arranged by some hikers taking a rest.  We saw a lot of these in Canada, but never here in the States. This one was very well done.

hike, basalt, stack, stone

Arranged to please

We walked too long and could barely move when we got home; it was wonderful. While my feet were sore, having the proper socks and boots that were laced correctly made all the difference.  We are getting closer to the 11 miles that is required for the Inca Trail; then we can start working on elevation.

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31 thoughts on “Cowiche Canyon

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  2. What a good idea, using the railway as paths. You should be proud of yourself you walked further then you thought you could and you even walked up hill 🙂

    • Thank you Bev – what surprised me was how quickly I got used to 3 miles, then 4 miles, etc. Adding to the distance is going faster than I thought. Thank you for your encouragement 🙂

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  7. What a great hike ! Congratulations on breaking the 5-mile mark. It didn’t take you all that long – SEE !! You CAN do the Inca Trail. Really interesting things you saw along the path. I also just heard about the Rails to Trails program this week in Gainesville. Very cool!

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