Listed in the book, Desert Hikes Washington by Dan Nelson and Alan Bauer, Swakane Canyon sounded like an area we would enjoy exploring. In the Wenatchee Valley for several days of hiking, we were able to spend an afternoon there.
Swakane Canyon covers a large area, and the trail, an old road, steadily gains in elevation and seems to go on almost indefinitely. The view seems to go on forever too as with no real turn-around point along the trail, you simply hike up and around the hills until you have had enough and are ready to turn around. We had covered approximately eleven miles by the time we returned to the trailhead.
While wildfires burned through most of Swakane Canyon last fall, the wildflowers are quick to return. We spotted arrow leaf balsom root, bluebells, shooting stars and many more.
More information and recent trip reports for Swakane Canyon are available on the Washington Trails Association website, here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/swakane-canyon.