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Great hike! Pretty flowers & breathtaking views.

5 days 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.

7 days ago

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
20 days ago

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

21 days 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!

26 days ago

Did the upper half. Seemed confusing for a easy hike so know where you're going. Lots of junctions with no signs. Great views, and neat arch. Not really a loop as you have to walk on the road back to your car. Must have missed the waterfall some how?

28 days ago

We did the smaller, paved loop on the river side of the road. It was more of a walk than a hike, on a paved walkway; however the views of the gorge in both directions were incredible and lots of wildflowers. Very peaceful. Small waterfall in the creek down below, makes for a nice visual accent. Kids loved the easiness of the walk and this is certainly a change of pace from the dense forests of the other trails in the area. If you are looking for something quick and different, and quiet, this is a nice easy one.

View of Hood is amazing, lots of wild flowers blooming. Look out for poison oak and rattle snakes

View of Mt. Hood on a clear day is hard to beat

Nice, but short and easy, walk along the Klickitat river...We spotted an huge River otter. Amazing creature, beautiful too watch. On a sunny day this trail be much more fun.

2 months ago

Beautiful and easy hike. There are some early spring flowers and I can only imagine how pretty it looks in the prime of spring. Beware of ticks, I plucked a few off of my dogs.

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.

3 months ago

Just a few grass widows but views wonderful. Had not done the loop before, enjoyed it.

Ticks like you wouldn’t believe! Our dogs had ticks all over them!

7 months ago

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

Wrong time of year to go. Too hot and dry, but beautiful. Will try it again in the spring

10 months ago

Nearly all vegetation is dried out. The arch isn't very visible. The other aspects of the trail are along the portion where you would end up walking over 4 miles and end up far from your car leaving you to either do a return trip through this desert landscape or walk along a country road with no shoulder and people speeding along.

Warning for pet owners! I have never had flea or tick issues with my dog (8 years). Came home from this hike with 5 ticks. Going to the vet tomorrow :(

Great view short hikes

May is the best time to go.

11 months ago

Short hike with a great view of mt hood once you get to the top. Nothing to write home about though :(

trail running
11 months ago

For some reason I was expecting single track, but this is a gravel road. Still, the road is nice and hardly trafficked at all, at least on a weekday afternoon. Steep uphill first four miles till you reach the communication towers at the ridge. spectacular and unexpected view of Mt Adams to the north. Road more or less flat for next 3/4 mile or so. Then, at the final comms tower, the road disappears and you follow a barely visible truck track downhill. Based on the map, I had planned to go until the red-marked GPS route on the map ends, then pick up another trail marked on the map going downhill, connect with Oak Creek Rd and Dalles Mtn Road, and loop back to the parking lot. But the trail completely ends where the red-marked GPS route ends on the map. there's a fence there, and the faint truck trail disappears. One could theoretically bound straight downhill and use GPS on a phone or something to figure it out, but that seemed a little reckless to me. At that point you're at about 6 miles, so I retraced my route back the way I came. about 13 miles overall -- I did an extra back and forth on top of the ridge to enjoy the view. took me about 2.5 hours all told, fast downhill on the nice gravel road compensated for the slow climb. Views are really nice, and the brush and treeless scenery was a nice change from the right forests of my recent Gorge outings. still wildflowers to see, late-May. Watch the wind, take a jacket if it's windy. You get sweaty climbing then it gets cold at 3500 feet with no cover from the wind.

I love this hike! it's somewhat of a Christmas tradition for us

Monday, May 22, 2017

Did the trail to the south of Hiway 8 - great views! There were 2 porta-potties available. The trail is well paved and has several benches at strategic points for rest or contemplation. There are some huge iris flowers ready to bloom under a pine tree. I was there very early in the morning and saw only one other person on the trail.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Unfortunately we missed the spring flowers. We took the path to the right and made our way up through the woods. When we came out by the field the view of the Columbia Gorge and Mt Hood was fantastic. All in all a 4 mile hike with 1,175 foot elevation gain. Will try again next year to see the wild flowers.

Monday, May 01, 2017

I loved this hike. It was so beautiful with Mt hood and Mt Jefferson views. The wild flowers were so pretty. I loved that this hike was easier than Dog Mt. For me just the right amount of challenge.

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