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trail running


Lyle, Washington Map

This was a great hike, would do it again on a cooler day, the lack of tree canopy makes it too warm on a hot day.

trail running
29 days ago

It's true that you're close to the highway, but if you elect to start at Fisher Hill to avoid Highway 142, you'll miss a beautiful spot of the canyon just south of the bridges. As a trail runner, I'm always leery about rails to trails, having done a few Deschutes River runs where the rocky bed from laying down rails is full of possible ankle twisting rocks. But this trail was smoother and I enjoyed the silence the canyon provided. If you want to get away from it all, this is not the trail for you. If you want an easy hike or bike or run with the beauty of the river and golden hills with ancient lava canyons, this is the one for you.

Beautiful area to get away from the rainy cities to the west. Beautiful wildflowers. Beautiful old farming equipment museum next to the farm up there. There is a vaulted toilet in the parking are and a discovery pass is required to park here. I tried to hike to the top, but this was before I learned to pre record maps and you can get a little lost with all the hiking opportunities here. I will definitely be back. parking area is big enough for buses and campers as well as vehicles. Road is not bad, but is dirt. Visited in the spring of 2018.

Be sure to include Tracy Hill on this hike. It's a beautiful meadow and a great spot to have lunch.

THIS HIKE WAS EPIC!! We got off trail a bit and went up and up and up and then got back on the trail and wound our way down and not only was it a terrific workout it was breathtakingly beautiful!!

Great loop for all experience levels. Awesome panoramic views of the Columbia!

Hot and dry in early September, creek completely dried up, but the view is amazing! It’s only 2 miles if you do the upper loop (use the AT map!) and uphill for the first mile, but I made it with 4 kids and two dogs. We didn’t see any snakes, only a few lizards, but the poison oak was plentiful. ;) I can’t wait to come back in the spring!

Beautiful vistas.

might as well just walk along side the highway it's so close to it...

great low key hike!

Flowers and the view here are great, also a nice easy trail to bring older family on.

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

Wonderful hike with great views, but watch out for rattlesnakes. Two times ago I had a way-too-close encounter with one. Otherwise I’ve hiked this many times without problems.

An easy hike with amazing picturesque views of Mt. Hood. We did this hike on a hot day in July. We came prepared with lots of water and sunscreen, since there was very little shade. Definitely use the map on the app—we almost made a few wrong turns due to poor signage, but the app saved the day! Brought the kids (ages 3-8) and they enjoyed it too.

Great, relatively short hike. Beautiful views.

Beautiful trail. Wildflowers and great views. Trail can be a bit hard to follow and a bit overgrown in spots but definitely worth doing.

My sister and I tried to do this trail Saturday morning. At a place just above the highway the trail splits, and you are supposed to turn right. We accidentally turned left, so we didn’t end up doing the actual trail, but it was still a nice out and back. Not a lot of trees so bring sunscreen!

Nice short walk with my pup. As others mentioned, there are many trail splits and no signage. When you enter from parking area, take the gravel farthest to your right. This will go down hill shortly and cross a stream. When you reach the power lines, take the right hand split if you want to follow the AT route. The trail is all gravel or small loose rocks. There are no waterfalls. Nice views of Mt Hood on a clear day. If you make this a loop, the last bit is on the street back to your car.

Really enjoyed the wildflowers and views of the mountains. Not too busy for Memorial Day either.

7 months ago

Wildflowers are mostly gone. It was a nice walk with some decent incline for a little challenge and the views are lovely. But it’s also pretty boring.

Perfect time to go -- sunny spring weather. Just warm enough to play in the creek.

Great hike! Pretty flowers & breathtaking views.

7 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.

This trail has some nice views and healthy hill climbing. Pretty flowers of many varieties. My Lab loved the creek. Wish the signage was better, as I crossed thru the creek unnecessarily, not realizing there was a bridge just left of the crossing.

My best advice for this trail is to use the AllTrails map and your GPS to make sure you’re on the trail you want to be on. The most visible trail from the parking area goes up to the left but this is NOT the red trail shown on the AT map. We hiked well more than a half-mile before I decided to check my app and realized we were not even close to the trail the map showed. We backtracked and picked up the trail and ended up having a nice hike with good views of the Gorge closer to the end, but there were no waterfalls on the loop route we took (again, the red trail shown on the app.) Also, when you get to the creek that you need to cross early in the loop, look to your left as someone built a walking bridge across it. We nearly missed it and would have had wet shoes for the rest of the trip so were thankful it was there! Not much shade on this hike and decent elevation change so carry water. Surface is also quite rocky so have to watch your footing.

Beautiful but confusing when you get to the upper reaches of the trail. Lots of varieties of wildflowers in bloom right now!

Great Mothers Day hike with the dogs. Most of the trail is exposed, so pretty warm on a hot day. Vast Gorge views.

BEWARE the bridge is out and has been for some time, with no planned replacement. So this is an out-and-back hike from the Wahkiacus trailhead, and the trail is fading and being taken over by vegetation west of the old water plant at Klickitat Springs. That said, it is a very fine hike from about mid-April to mid-May, when the wildflowers are at their peak. The shrub diversity is especially high, the herbs are abundant, and there's a reasonable diversity of habitats from exposed grassy headlands to oak woodlands to Douglas-fir/maple forests to ponderosa pine woodlands to ruderal areas around the water plant. The water was bottled as a health tonic and when we were there at least one spring was still flowing, staining the grass and mud a bright rusty orange color. Since the trail follows a north-facing slope it is a bit cooler than in the main Columbia River Gorge. The river is deep and fast and it isn't really a good trail for getting down to the river.

horseback riding
8 months ago

The wildflowers are popping! Was up there in the evening of 5/5. Great trail ride for the horses!

8 months ago

Came here to practice shooting some landscape video clips, and was so happy to find gorgeous, cliff-top vantage points that were also easy to walk to. So many wildflowers and hawks flying so close overhead! Magical!

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