“Striking scenic vistas of the vast arid shrub-steppe portion of Central and Eastern Washington”
— BJ Marraccini
Views · Wildflowers
This tour is comprised of double and singletrack trails over volcanic and sandy St Helen's ash soil. The initial climb is a longer grind, but keep your pace down and you'll soon be rewarded with fantastic views of the volcanic ranges and agricultural valleys of Central Washington.
Need to Know
100% sun exposure with very little shade from any of the shrubs, so be sure to pack sunscreen, hat, and also gloves - it can get windy up top!
This route starts at the Rocky Top TH and meanders up Doubletrack
and Cowiche Mountain East Bench trails, leading to the Cowiche Mountain's broad east ridge.
Once on top, the 360-degree views are spectacular. Follow the ridge west toward the summit of Cowiche Mountain and get a unique view into West Valley, Yakima, Union Gap, Tieton, Naches and Selah valleys - as well as the beautiful Cowiche Canyon.
From the summit, retrace your steps back along the ridge but then descend the alternating smooth/rocky singletrack switchback trail Upper TNT on the north side for a fast, fun descent. Connect back over to the initial climb/doubletrack trail via Hey Hey Hey Huh and then cross over Doubletrack
and connect the eastern trails (Green Harvester
) for more smooth singletrack exploration. All trails in this lower half lead back to the trailhead.
Flora & Fauna
Rattlesnakes, low shrubs and wildflowers.
History & Background
This area is owned by Ron Anderson, owner of the Anderson Rock & Demolition pits off of Rocky Top Road. His generosity allowed public-use of miles of scenic multi-use trails to the public. More detail here.