Klickitat River Trail

EASY 26 reviews

Klickitat River Trail is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lyle, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
347 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

rails trails

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

rocky

This is a segment of the 31-mile Klickitat River Rail Trail. It is a clearly marked trail that runs alongside the Klickitat River. Please note that this trail runs next to many private residences and grass/bushes that border the trail have tickets. Please stay on trail.

walking
1 month 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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
9 months ago

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

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! :-)

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.

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
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.

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.

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