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beautiful trail. Mt biked it from the bridge up and back down and out.

Assuming you do the trail clockwise be careful as you come back around the west. The trail is almost non existent and incredibly slippery. Lots of wash out - I would stay away actually. Wildflowers right now are awesome. No mosquitos.

trail running
1 month ago

The Alltrails map has some incorrections. First of all, if you stick to the trails that hug the lake, that includes the PCT part, you’ll be doing about 13 miles. Be prepared to go through some campsites, bicycles, and horses on the southern side of the lake. Since I’m a trail runner, I got a lot of strange looks.
Now here’s where it gets tricky. If you are using the red outlined map Alltrails provides, the “old trail 539” has been accommodated for off-road bicycles and isn’t marked as the “old trail” when you’re at the junction. Plus, it added 5 miles to my run, which brought the total to more like 18 instead of the 15 miles that Alltrails has it at. Fortunately, I didn’t see any bicyclists on the old trail, but that may be different on the weekends. It looked like a place for competitive off-road bicycling. It might be smart to check if there’s an event before you take the hike.
A nicer hike would be to start at the Little Crater Lake trailhead, take the “bike” old trail and circle back to the trailhead using the PCT side of the lake. This way you avoid all the campers and day users. Again, make sure there’s no bicycling event.

backpacking
2 months ago

This hike is about 13-15 miles around the lake, no significant elevation worth noting and very easy terrain! We hiked around the lake from Little Crater Lake and set up camp at Meditation Point. It was really beautiful and a nice view of the lake! Next time we will definitely take a fishing pole. The next morning we hiked the rest of the way around the lake. Note: Park rangers do come by tent sites (even hike-in sites) to check everyone is following the rules. Trails are maintained well, tent sites were clean and hike-in camp sites are first come first serve but during this weekend we had plenty to choose from!

walking
2 months ago

Started at the Horseshoe Bend Rd trailhead. Followed from there for about 3.5 miles. The trail will take you through some “interesting” sections with private property on both sides, before gradually turning back to nature again. Avoid the parsley looking plants growing everywhere along and in the path, it is often full of ticks. Have a dog? I would avoid this trail (area) unless your idea of bonding with your animal is tick removal. The following day we hit the same trail, further down, starting at the Harms Rd trailhead, for more of a great desert canyon stretch of trail. Both sections are flat, as they used to have train tracks running there. Still a beautiful walk. Again, be prepared for ticks, people aren’t making that up.

Beautiful river of Klickitat, we had a great time hiking along you. Beautiful views and lots of green and flowers popping up. A Bald Eagle high in the sky, crows screaming for attention and only few people on this trail. Peacefull sunday...Could have been much worse today! Thank you.
Turn right just after the 1 mile sign...be careful.

hiking
10 months ago

Walking on a coarse gravel is not a lot of fun. Other than that, the Klickitat river is nice.

great trail easy to moderate for mtb, just watch out for stupid hikers without paying attention to themselves or to their dogs

camping
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Beautiful lake. very easy hike, but they're adamant about keeping your dog on a leash.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great for a day outing. Easy water along the trail. Wasn't busy when I went. Gorgeous views of the lake and plenty of opportunities to put your feet in.

backpacking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Crowded, but beautiful.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Quiet with spectacular views. Not much traffic during the week. One of my favorite.

walking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great walk! Beautiful views. Stars with nice wide gravel path, crosses really nice bridge with pretty views of water falls, then in to smaller dirt path (still very nice). Well kept, Dog friendly. Only two things, bring water or I would go early if it's going to be a hot day, not much cover on a much of the walk. It could get very warm out there. And watch out for tics!!! Dog was covered. Before I went back a second time I made sure she had tic begone! :-)

trail running
Friday, May 27, 2016

Great mellow trail run. Mostly single track with little elevation.

hiking
Thursday, July 30, 2015

The loop is a little closer to 13 miles, if you hike from your campsite all the way around the lake. One of my first 10+ mile hikes, and it was a good one to start with. Not too much up and down hiking, but is still very scenic as parts of the trail pass through forest and other parts approach the lake. Amazing hike for long distance beginners!

hiking
Monday, July 27, 2015

Very well maintained trail. The segment through the campgrounds on the south shore were a bit boring but the other segments were incredible. I was amazed at the number of backcountry sites around the lake. A great place for a persons first backpacking trip.

Friday, June 26, 2015

This was 13 miles of walking around a lake, which was nice to look at for the first 2 hours... We drove from Portland expecting to see more. Not worth the 13 mile trek for what you see... Little Crater Lake off the trail is pretty. I wouldn't want to do again unless I went there to camp. Final thought: if you're coming from more than an hour away, find somewhere else to go. Not worth the drive and the walk isn't worth the views.

mountain biking
Monday, June 08, 2015

I rode this trail with my wife on mountain bikes. It would be boring as a hike as the trail is fairly flat, but it's good for a beginner's introduction to mountain biking as the trail starts off with loose gravel on double-track width and interspersed throughout the trail are sections of singletrack that break up the monotony. The gravel helps new mountain bikers get used to riding over bumps that one would normally find on singletrack trails.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I did this ride years ago and it was the most difficult Mtn. bike ride I had done to that point. The loose volcanic material was really challenging, and some of the sheer cliff faces the trail goes along were a little daunting.

We started down by Ape caves and rode up to Windy Ridge and back again. We were the only ones on the mountain that day and it was a gorgeous day and ride.

hiking
Sunday, April 19, 2015

13 miles of very well-maintained trail. Mosquitoes can be a nuisance so be prepared.

trail running
Monday, March 30, 2015

Great for a beginner's trail run, hike or mountain bike ride. Also, dog friendly if they are on a leash. One thing to note is that ticks are really bad in Lyle so this trail is no exception. Keep yourself and your dogs on the gravel trail in order to stay tick free. About a 2.5 miles from the HWY14 parking lot there's a great place for dogs to swim right past the fish hatchery. The entire trail is groomed gravel and fairly wide. There's some beautiful views about 2 miles in that you can see on the bridge.

walking
Monday, March 16, 2015

Walking trail as far as I am concerned.. Prob great for trail running also. Have walked entire trail in 3 trips.

hiking
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It was more like 13 miles, but it was a well groomed for 90% of the trail. We averaged about 4 miles an hour and took breaks. We completed the hike in 4 hours. It is great to take a plunge into the lake when your done.

hiking
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It can be an out-and-back or point-to-point shuttle. It's a long, flat frail that follows the meandering Klickitat River. Only it's not a trail: it's an old rail-line, so it's graveled and quite wide. And flat. If you wanted to do a 26 mile out-and-back, it'd be the easiest 26 miles you've ever done--bar none. Would it be the best? No, but fat Aunt Margaret could do this one in a heartbeat.

I did a 10mi "hike" on this trail, though the term walk would be more accurate. It's more like a golf-cart trail. It'd be quite decent for mountain bikes (easy biking) if you needed an easy 20 out-and-back from the bathroomed trailhead. On a rainy or wintery day it's far enough east that you just might find some sunshine. Would I go back and walk/hike it again? Probably not. The ancient and deep canyon cutout by the Klickitat is cool, and so are the number of native fishing rigs, but it's not a hike. Check the links for "getting there" and "facilities" for more info.

hiking
Saturday, March 01, 2014

Weather was in the low 40's with filtered sunny periods. Started from the Harms Road trailhead and went 7 miles down steam. Saw 22 deer, many hawks and one owl. Didn't see any people, had the trail to myself all day. A rather easy hike, but snow free. One of the trestles (about 4.5 miles from the trailhead) does not have any planking over the railroad ties, so not very good for bikes.

hiking
Monday, June 17, 2013

Fun loop hike for the kids! Great views and nice trails

mountain biking
Monday, March 18, 2013

Me and my mom started this trail at Klickitat, just north on the river. We rode our bikes on the trail that parelles the river. Much of the trail your able to ride easily if you have fat tires and a moutain bike frame (we didnt have shocks on our bikes). Some areas you need to get off the bikes and walk over the rocks, we are by no means great at biking. This review is a few years old so I would have to re-ride it to give a better review and track it with my GPS.

hiking
Monday, November 19, 2012

A nice refreshing, relaxing hike. We decided to head further east as it was raining closer to town. Good choice, started at the new bridge, and went 2.5 miles up. Basically flat, very limited mud, but lots of rock to walk on.
Would live to see the fisherman at work. The scaffolding reminded me of the pictures of Cecilio (sp) falls by the Dalles.

hiking
Monday, September 17, 2012

We rode mountain bikes about 3 miles up the trail and back. The river is beautiful and the newly constructed bridge over the river ,about 1.5 miles from the trailhead, provides a great vantage point to watch the fisherman on the sides of the cliff. The trail itself is very gravelly and uncomfortable to ride for very long. I would not recommend the gravelly trail for a casual mountain bike ride. The trail would be great for some off road running though.

hiking
Monday, August 06, 2012

A barren beauty. The pumice plain out of Windy Ridge is one of my favorite places to hike. We tried this variation out of Windy Ridge onto the Plains of Abraham and found it every bit as eerily beautiful. The lupine were ponds of purple blossoms exploding out of the ash and rocks. This must be a cycling heaven, because we met many at least 20 cyclists and only 2 hikers. Stepping off the trail to let the cyclists by gave us an opportunity to enjoy the scenery and to watch them tackle some tricky rock formations. All in all, I'd rate the trail and scenery 10's.

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