Klickitat Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Klickitat Trail is a gravel surface along the river here.

This Rails-to-Trails conversion follows an old railroad grade through the spectacular Klickitat Canyon along the Klickitat River. The trail is a wide (12 feet in most places) pathway ideal for mountain bikes, horseback riding and family strolls. The lowermost 10.8 miles of the Klickitat River, from Wheeler Creek to the confluence with Columbia River, are designated as a Wild & Scenic River. 

See bald eagles, water fowl, scenic pine/oak forests and an amazing display of spring wildflowers. The Swale Canyon portion of the trail is usually closed from June-October due to fire danger.

The trail begins at the Lyle Trailhead off  Washington SR-14 near Lyle, WA and goes through Klickitat, WA. It continues another 18 miles to near Centerville, WA on State Parks jurisdiction. For more information, visit the Klickitat Trail Conservancy web site.

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Bald eagle on an oak limb waits for a spawning salmon, photo by Darryl Lloyd. Ducks on the Klickitat River at the confluence with Columbia by Darryl Lloyd. Klickitat Trail is a gravel surface along the river here. Person walking alongside the Klickitat River. River view from cliffs above

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open.
Fees No fee
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Motor vehicles are prohibited. Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail. Must stay on trail except at designated spots.
Closest Towns: Lyle, WA; White Salmon, WA
Water: No Potable Water
Restroom: Flush toilets available spring-fall. Portable toilet on site in the winter.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


Lyle Trailhead

From Bingen/White Salmon, WA travel east on Washington State Highway approximately 9.5 miles.  Take the first left after crossing the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River on to State Rout 142 then in 1/10 mile take the first left into the trailhead parking area.

From The Dalles, OR travel north on US Highway 197 to Washington State Highway 14.  Turn left onto Highway 14 and travel approximately 7.5 miles to Lyle.  Travel through town and take a right on State Highway 142, just before crossing the Klickitat River.  Take the first left into the trailhead parking area.

General Notes:

Take plenty of water as there is no potable water available along the trail.


There is parking for cars and trailers.

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