Dayhiking Swakane Canyon and Peak
From the large front window of our house I can look across the Wenatchee Valley and Burch Mountain’s East shoulder at Lower Entiat Ridge as is falls to it’s Eastern terminus at the Columbia River in Central Washington, sandwiched between Entiat Ridge and Burch Mountain is Swakane Canyon technically a desert canyon with large wide open and sparsely vegetated slopes which reveal spectacular relief of three or four thousand feet plus from the bottom. This place offers open roaming year around and has many scenic route variations some gaining 3400′ in 2.1 miles which makes for a good conditioning trip or what we like to call “Spring Training”. There is one official way to the ridge top out of the canyon and that is an abandoned road that switchbacks up and around to the North side of the ridge eventually crossing below Swakane Peak 4290′ and continuing many miles to the NNW beyond. Over the years we have hiked and backpacked all over the area, but this trip we were looking to sneak through the weather window that was forecasted for our first 10 mile / 3,000′ of elevation gain hike of 2019, we cut a few corners so in the end we only had 9 miles and 3000′ but as always the views and quiet, wide open space were very nice and we were like two kids living an adventure tale.