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green Klickitat Trail: Klickitat River Segment

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13.8 mile 22.3 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 370' 113 m
Descent: -59' -18 m
High: 470' 143 m
Low: 146' 44 m


Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)


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A rails-to-trails conversion that follows the Klickitat River.

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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.

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This is just the first half of the otherwise 31 miles one can ride for the Klickitat Trail. The trailhead starts in the town of Lyle, WA directly off of Highway 14. A PDF detailing the full trail can be found here. At 2.5 miles in, a very serene cascading waterfall runs.

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.


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May 14, 2019
James Thomas
Dry, spring wildflower conditions. No other cyclists on the path. Two hikers, two joggers and a few sleeping cows.
Apr 13, 2019
Michael Boehm
Very easy and flat. Pretty but needed more action. 8mi — 1h 30m
Apr 12, 2019
Nick Borders
Oct 7, 2018
Lisa Bock
Beautiful scenery, bumpy as all hell, took our time riding it. 27mi
Oct 3, 2018
Steve Sharp
64° rode from Lyle to Klickitat. Lots of drift-boat fishermen on the river. Saw 2 other MTB’s on the trail and several hikers. Good fall colors. 25.2mi
Jul 4, 2018
Chad Velk
May 6, 2018
Tiana Bear
COWS! 27.6mi
Apr 30, 2018
Peroum Simok

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Brock Warner
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Brock Warner   Boise, ID
My wife and I rode this yesterday. The trail turned out to be more fun and engaging than we had expected. We were expecting it to be more like the nearby Deschutes River Trail, which is pretty dull by comparison. Although it is definitely in the vein of rails to trails, the Klickitat Trail was a great warm-up ride for the new season! Apr 4, 2017

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