Klickitat Trail: Klickitat River Segment
ElevationAscent: 370' 113 m
Descent: -59' -18 m
High: 470' 143 m
Low: 146' 44 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
Popular rides nearby
Post Canyon Hot Lap
9.8 mi 15.7 km • Loop • 1,326 ft Ascent 404.27 m Ascent
Sexy Surfer Loop
7.2 mi 11.6 km • Loop • 1,123 ft Ascent 342.31 m Ascent
9.7 mi 15.6 km • Point to Point • 506 ft Ascent 154.35 m Ascent
Post Canyon Shuttle Route
10.3 mi 16.6 km • Point to Point • 496 ft Ascent 151.17 m Ascent
Deschutes River Trail (Lower)
23.9 mi 38.5 km • Loop • 365 ft Ascent 111.35 m Ascent
Surveyor's Ridge - NF 17 Loop
23.4 mi 37.6 km • Loop • 2,440 ft Ascent 743.82 m Ascent
“A rails-to-trails conversion that follows the Klickitat River.”— Bert Hui
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Family Friendly Although overall very rocky, the trail is very flat and rarely technical. A great place for the budding mountain biker to practice riding on bumpy terrain.
The doubletrack gravel road begins to slowly morph into tame singletrack a little after the three mile mark. Although the trail is very flat and lacks any substantial obstacles, it is quite bumpy in several stretches. The abundant Columbia River Basalt is ever-present along the trail, making for a ride that is rocky, but not overwhelmingly so. Eventually the trail morphs back into doubletrack, save for a few short stretches of fun singletrack before it reaches the town of Klickitat.
The trail can be very beautiful to experience in the spring, as the hills come alive with a vibrant green and the rapids of the Klickitat River swell with snowmelt. It can also be pleasant in the warmer months, as the trail traverses underneath both open sky and forest canopy.
One great rest stop is about 4 miles in where you can easily hop off your bike and move towards the river where a small sandbar is. You can dip your feet in the water here (very shallow) and continue on your way. Great on a hot summer day.
This route terminates at the town of Klickitat. A washed out bridge a mile east of Klickitat formerly connected the entirety of the 31 mile trail, however now one must ride on State Road 142 for about 3 miles to reach the Wahkiacus Trailhead. Be mindful of this if you intend to ride east of the town of Klickitat.
Make no mistake—this is a "rails to trails" path, and so more advanced mountain bikers may not find much joy in this trail, but it is extremely serene. Those more interested in just getting in some miles when the other trails are wet and muddy could definitely enjoy this trail which can be seen as more fun and engaging than the other nearby rail to trail, the Deschutes River Trail.
Local Club: Hood River Area Trail Stewards
Land Manager: USFS - Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Office