Trailheads (Main Access Points)
- Lyle: To get there from the Portland area, take I-84 east to the third Hood River Exit (#64), cross the Hood River Bridge to Washington, and turn right (east) on Hwy. 14. Go about 13 miles to the Klickitat River Bridge (the entrance to Lyle), and just beyond the bridge turn left (north) on Hwy. 142. Immediately turn left at the trailhead entrance. There are restroom facilities at this location.
- Pitt: Go 10 miles north from SR-14 on SR-142. There is a parking area across the street from the row of houses. There is a portable toilet at this location.
- Klickitat Town Park: Drive 13 miles up Hwy 142 to the middle of the town of Klickitat, and look for a grocery store on the left. Park just beyond the grocery store, on the left by the little park under the trees.
- Wahkiacus: Take Hwy. 142 about 16 miles (about 3 miles past the town of Klickitat), turn right on Horseshoe Bend Rd. and cross the bridge over the Klickitat River. In a few hundred yards turn right on Schilling Rd., and then take an immediate right into a parking area with a porta-potty. From here you can hike west along the Klickitat to the mineral springs and beyond, or you can cross Schilling Rd and head east into Swale Canyon.
- Harms Rd.: ALERT: The Swale Canyon portion of the Klickitat Trail is now officially closed to all recreational use until mid-October. We rely on Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to determine the reasonable and responsible time to close Swale Canyon. According to DNR’s fire danger rating, the danger level has now reached reached “high” – therefore, Swale Canyon is off-limits. Here’s the link to check for current fire danger conditions in Washington state:
Other Trail Access Points
- “County Park” Road: About one mile north of the Lyle trailhead on Rd. 142, an unmarked gravel road crosses the trail and gives access to the trail in both directions. If you follow this road, it will take you down to a lovely undeveloped park along the river that is owned by the Forest Service and the County.
- Fisher Hill Trestle: From the Lyle trailhead, take Hwy 142 north 2 miles to Fisher Hill Rd., and park in the parking area near the large sign on the left just before the road.
- “Fishermen’s Access”: Take Hwy. 142 about a half mile beyond the Pitt trailhead, and look for a turnout and gate on your right. You can park there and walk around the gate to get on the trail.
- Entering Klickitat: Just as you enter the town of Klickitat on Hwy. 142, the trail crosses the road from right to left, and you will see signs for the trail on both sides of the road. You can park here and start the trail in either direction.
- Warwick: Follow the directions to the Harms Rd. trailhead, but instead of turning on Harms Rd., continue on the Lyle-Centerville Hwy. for about two miles, to a signboard for the Klickitat Trail on the left. (A little further down the road should be a small sign saying “Warwick.”)
- Uecker Road: Follow the directions to Warwick, but continue on the Lyle-Centerville Hwy. for another half mile to Uecker Rd. Turn right. In a short distance you will see where the old railbed crosses Uecker Road. Uecker Rd. is the official end of the Klickitat Trail. You can take the trail west from here.