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Ditch Bank Trail

Intermediate

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0.7 mile 1.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 17' 5 m
Descent: -9' -3 m
High: 1,856' 566 m
Low: 1,842' 561 m

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Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)

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Trail shared by Thoralf Gamlem

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A scenic trail along an abandoned irrigation ditch above the Cowiche Creek riparian area and meadow.

Thoralf Gamlem

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy access and a mellow grade make this a good choice for families.

No motorized vehicles.

Description

This trail segment connects the trailhead to the Cowiche Mountain East Trail on the Snow Mountain Ranch west of Yakima. The trail is on an old irrigation ditch bank service road which provides views of basalt cliffs, typical Shrub-Steppe habitat, the Cowiche Creek riparian area, as well as the meadows being restored with their native grasses.

Flora & Fauna

Owls, coyotes, deer, rattlesnakes, and many species of butterflies.

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The Balanced Rock that gives the trail the name, looking out over the riparian meadow.
Nov 13, 2015 near Tieton, WA
Riotous fall color along an old irrigation canal ditch bank.
Nov 13, 2015 near Tieton, WA

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