Swakane Canyon

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Eastern North Cascades + Lake Chelan, Washington

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Swakane Canyon


  • Parking for Swakane Canyon.- Swakane Canyon
  • First view of the valley.- Swakane Canyon
  • The Swakane Canyon Trail continues through the hills.- Swakane Canyon
  • View of the valley from the trail's midpoint.- Swakane Canyon
  • Wildflowers frequent the trail in spring.- Swakane Canyon
  • Old gate for the road.- Swakane Canyon
  • Runoff between canyon walls on the Swakane Canyon hike.- Swakane Canyon
  • Columbia River from the Swakane Canyon Trail.- Swakane Canyon
  • Trial Curves to the Right- Swakane Canyon
  • Scarlet gilia.- Swakane Canyon
  • Trees and shade are infrequent along the route.- Swakane Canyon
  • Opposite side of the canyon.- Swakane Canyon
  • Sections of the trail are slightly overgrown.- Swakane Canyon
  • Views from the Swakane Canyon Trail.- Swakane Canyon
  • Wenatchee and the Columbia River.- Swakane Canyon
  • Opposite side of the Columbia River.- Swakane Canyon
  • - Swakane Canyon
Overview + Weather
Secluded. Great views.
Rough road.
Eastern North Cascades + Lake Chelan, WA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,540.00 ft (774.19 m)
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
10.80 mi (17.38 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,510.00 ft (460.25 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Swakane Canyon is a desert hike that's not too far from the forests of the Cascades. Situated in the Cascade rain shadow, this canyon remains dry for much of the year and notably hot and exposed in the summer months.

From the parking area, the trail curves around a bend that has a road closed sign, as this route used to be an old Forest Service road. Go around the gate and continue the hike through the open hills.

There is a steady incline the whole way up. Wildflowers bloom in spring, quail roam along the steep hills, and red-tailed hawks soar over the canyon along with paragliders. Deer and sheep can occasionally be seen on the slopes. The views are the best at the top of the canyon, though you can extend the hike much farther along the road as it continues beyond the ridge.

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