Situated in Eastern Washington's beautiful Yakima region and maintained by Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Snow Mountain Ranch is a combination of several small and big trails, each with its own distinct features. The trails in this network are very well maintained, and you can do either a loop or there-and-back hike for each of these trails. The Snow Mountain Ranch is approximately 1,800 acres and was historically a cattle ranch, and fences and ranching equipment are a part of the scenery of this hike. The hike starts at the footsteps of the parking lot, where you can grab the trail map from the kiosk. Note that authorities ask that hikers be responsible for their valuables.
The beautiful vista of diverse colors and textures begins right at the trailhead. You'll cross Cowiche Creek and reach a junction where you can decide to either go left for the Cowiche Mountain Trail East or turn right for Cowiche Mountain Trail West. Both of these trails are part of the longest of the Snow Mountain Ranch trail systems. As you hike along Snow Mountain Ranch, you will come across flowering meadows, sage bush, basalt cliffs, wildflowers, old and broken wooden fences and orchards spread across the canyon region. Make sure you take your binoculars to spot some wildlife.
Additional trails at Snow Mountain Ranch include: