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Klickitat Trail: Klickitat River Segment

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 3.9 (11)

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


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13.8

Miles

22.3

KM

Doubletrack

470' 143 m

High

146' 44 m

Low

370' 113 m

Up

59' 18 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

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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Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bert Hui with improvements by Rob Stanley

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 11 votes

#1

in Lyle

#9123

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  3.9 from 11 votes
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Trail Rankings

#1

in Lyle

#191

in Washington

#9,123

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The scenery can be breathtaking in the spring.
Apr 4, 2017 near Dallesport, WA
A rapid alongside the Klickitat River Trail
Jul 28, 2021 near Dallesport, WA
Rest stop along the trail.
Aug 4, 2021 near Dallesport, WA
Native American Salmon Fishing at Klickitat Falls. Trail runs right by @ Fish Hatchery. Best time is Late Sept to October.
Jul 28, 2021 near Dallesport, WA
Some sections are pretty rocky and bumpy.
Apr 4, 2017 near Dallesport, WA
The singletrack, although flat and simple, is pretty legit for a rail-trail.
Apr 4, 2017 near Dallesport, WA

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Apr 23, 2022
Chris Watson
Apr 11, 2021
Chase G
Oct 17, 2020
Don Feltham
With my daughter Shana - 1st time in a MtB 10.5mi — 2h 20m
Oct 3, 2020
Austin Burns
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