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The Klickitat Trail Conservancy is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the Klickitat Trail as a unique recreational asset and legacy for our community.  Mission statement: to preserve and promote the public use of the 31-mile Klickitat Trail as a Recreational, Cultural, Natural, Educational, and Economic Asset of Klickitat County.

Located in southern Washington State, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, the Klickitat Trail follows the first 31 miles of an old railroad corridor linking the towns of Lyle and Goldendale.  It is unique among rail trails. Nowhere else is there a rail trail that starts in a remote, beautiful tributary canyon, winds along a nationally designated Wild & Scenic River, and finishes in one of the nationís only National Scenic Areas.

The 31-mile gently-graded Trail starts in the breathtaking, remote Swale Canyon and passes through the small town of Klickitat before following all 10.5 miles of the beautiful Wild and Scenic Klickitat River, ending at the trailhead near Lyle, Washington, at the confluence of the Klickitat and Columbia Rivers. The Trailís spectacular scenery includes carved gorges, interesting geologic formations, abundant wildflowers, rolling oak and ponderosa pine forests, and great birding opportunities, including winter habitat for bald eagles near the Lyle trailhead. 

The first 17 miles of the Trail follow the Klickitat River, a nationally designated Wild & Scenic River.  The Trail then heads east, through Swale Creek Canyon, a pristine area that is extraordinarily scenic, ecologically significant, and largely isolated from human activity.  The rugged, remoteness of Swale Canyon draws mountain bikers and adventurers.  Beautiful carved n arrow gorges of the Klickitat and Swale Canyons, with their rolling oak and pine forested  hillsides, host spectacular wildflower displays and provide topnotch birding opportunities.  The Klickitat Trail is truly a gem of the Columbia River Gorge and the Pacific Northwest.

Fisher Hill Bridge Trestle over the Wild & Scenic Klickitat River

Follow this link to learn about the trestle


The Trail offers spectacular river and canyon views throughout its length.  The beautiful carved gorges of the Klickitat and Swale Canyons, with their rolling oak and pine forested hillsides, host spectacular wildflower displays and provide topnotch birding opportunities.  These are just a few of the unique attributes that make this Trail truly a gem of the Columbia Gorge and Pacific Northwest, enjoyed by the public throughout the entire year.

Hiking the Klickitat Trail

 

Swale Canyon Bike Group



 



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Klickitat Trail Conservancy, P.O. Box 512, Lyle, WA 98635
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Last updated 10/17/14