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KTC-sponsored events are open to both members and nonmembers. Most of our events are scheduled for the first Saturday and the third Sunday of each month.  Always remember to bring plenty of water and lunch or a snack. The Trail has little elevation change so is a good alternative for hikers who cannot hike hills. It can be rocky in places, so good hiking boots are a must. Dress accordingly for the weather.  Please note Swale Canyon (Harms Rd. to Wahkiacus) is closed during the summer burn ban (mid-June to mid-October).


Pets and smoking are not allowed on KTC-sponsored events.  Some of these hikes are long, with no bail-outs except at the beginning and end. If it is evident in the first one or two miles that someone cannot keep up or is having trouble, KTC reserves the right to require that person to turn back, accompanied, for their own safety and the safety of the group.

Please stay on the Trail at all times as there is private land adjacent to the Trail in many sections.

Detailed directions to meeting places and trail access locations.

KTC Spring 2014 Events

March 23, 2014, Sunday
Rare Buttercup Hunt (This is a joint hike with Friends of the Gorge.)
Hike; about 5 to 6 miles round trip
Leaders: Nancy Allen, KTC board member, and Carolyn Wright, botanist and Native Plant Society member

Come for a moderately paced hike on the Klickitat Trail along upper Swale Creek on the Goldendale Plateau. Look for grass widows, desert parsleys (especially the beautiful purple one) and the rare Dalles Mountain Buttercup on this occasionally rocky and nearly flat trail. Dress warmly!  Bring a lunch.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at Lyle Trailhead. From there we will carpool 15 miles to the Harms Rd. Trailhead where the hike begins.
Second meeting place: Harms Rd trailhead, about 10:15 am


April 5, 2014, Saturday:
Wildflower hike at Catherine Creek and the Klickitat Trail
Hike leaders: KTC board member Steven Woolpert and wildflower expert Barbara Robinson
Easy to Moderate, 8 miles

Join us for a wildflower hunt on the Klickitat Trail between Lyle and Fisher Hill (four flat miles, round trip). After lunch we will look at the flowers in the Catherine Creek area, probably seeing shooting stars, camas, desert parsleys, buttercups, and prairie stars, plus many more.  Depending on wind and weather, we might switch which hike is done first.  

Meeting place: Lyle Trailhead; 10:00 AM


April 12, 2014, Saturday
Birding Walk, plus some plant identification
Walk Leaders: Bird expert Stuart Johnston and KTC vice president Barbara Robinson
Easy, 3 or 4 miles round trip, starting from Harms Rd Trailhead  

The best time to see birds is early in the morning, so this outing starts early. Come birding with Klickitat County bird expert, Stuart Johnston, who will lead this hike for serious (or would-be serious) birders . Expect to stand still looking and listening as much as walking. Bring warm cloths and binoculars. We are hoping to see Long-billed Curlews and hear Vesper Sparrows, and much more. Barbara Robinson, plant expert, will add some plant lore.  This hike is on the upper part of the Klickitat Trail, in open grassland area and riparian habitat along Swale Creek.  

First Meeting place: 7:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead
Second Meeting Place: about 7:45 AM at Harms Road Trailhead

 


April 20, 2014, Sunday
Klickitat Mineral Springs hike (This is a joint hike with Washington Native Plant Society)
Hike leaders:  KTC vice president and wildflower expert Barbara Robinson, and Don Hardin of the Washington Native Plant Society
Easy, about 3 miles round trip  

Come for a moderately-paced hike along the Klickitat River, identifying plants along the way. We will walk to the site of an old dry ice factory and a natural mineral spring where fizzy water is sometimes bubbling up from a pipe, and talk about the fascinating history of the area.  A little further down the trail we’ll find cliffs covered with wildflowers.  We should see large purple and yellow desert parsleys, saxifrages, gold stars, buttercups, and much more.  

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at Lyle Trailhead. From there we will carpool 16 miles to the Wahkiacus Trailhead where the hike begins.
Second meeting place: Wahkiacus Trailhead, 10:15 AM


April 27, 2015, Sunday
Hike from the town of Klickitat to Pitt
Hike leaders: KTC President Cheryl Steindorf and board members Ashleigh Coyner and Laura Bales
Easy, about 3 miles one way  

Join us for an easygoing hike with lovely sections along the Klickitat River and some beautiful wildflowers.   Learn about the history of the timber company town of Klickitat from residents Cheryl and Laura.  We may do some trash pickup too. There will be a short car shuttle and the hike will be one way.  

Meeting Place:  Klickitat Town Park Trailhead, 10:00 AM


May 11, 2014 Sunday (Mother’s Day)
Hike from the Fisher Hill Trestle to Pitt (This is a joint hike with Friends of the Gorge.)
Hike Leader: KTC work chairman Jim Denton
Strenuous, 9 miles

This is a very scenic route along exciting stretches of the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River. It will likely be at wildflower peak, with balsam root, lupine, and much more.  Jim will tell you about some of the geology.  This is a one way hike involving a car shuttle.  

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead at 9:30 AM


May 18, 2014, Sunday
Hike through Entire Swale Canyon
Hike leaders: KTC board members Jim Denton and Steven Woolpert, , and KTC treasurer emeritus Dave Berger
Strenuous, 13 miles  

This is a 13 mile, one way hike through the entire remote and beautiful Swale Canyon.   Mock Orange and Ocean Spray bushes should be at peak bloom, and much else too.  The Trail is railroad gravel in places, so wear sturdy boots. There is no access to this section of Trail except at the beginning and end. Come prepared to complete the entire hike, which should take about 6 ½ hours, plus time for a 15 mile car shuttle on gravel roads.  

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead at 9:00 AM



June 1, 2014, Sunday
Children’s Event
Leader:  KTC board member Ashleigh Coyner  

Join Ashleigh and her children for a fun bike ride from the Lyle Trailhead to the beautiful Fisher Hill Trestle and back.  Along the way will be a fun-filled scavenger hunt. This is a flat four mile round trip on a packed fine gravel surface.  Near the trestle we may do something special, like a nature hunt with treats and planting some native wildflower seed.  This event is especially appropriate for children up to 10 or 12 year old.  Bring your kids, bikes, and helmets!  

Meeting Place:  10:00 am at the Lyle Trailhead


June 7, 2014, Saturday
National Trails Day:  Klickitat Trail Work Party
Leader: Klickitat Trail Crew Boss, Jim Denton  

Join KTC on National Trails Day for a day of work on the Klickitat Trail.  This is your chance to help the trail and KTC!  Join our stalwart crew boss Jim Denton in tasks that may include pruning, hand-sawing, clearing rock, weeding, picking up trash, installing signage, and whatever else the trail might need.  There is work for every ability level.  To give you plenty of energy, we will start with a delicious Lions Club breakfast in Lyle - eggs and ham or an omelette with all the pancakes you can eat for about $6.00, or if you want to skip the breakfast we will then meet at the Lyle Trailhead. Wear boots and preferably long sleeves and pants. Bring lunch, gloves, and possibly long-handled loppers if you have them. If not, come anyway! (Notice there is also a May 4 work party.)  

First Meeting Place: 9:00 am, Lions Club Community Center in Lyle, on Hwy 14 at 5th St.
Second Meeting Place: 10:00 am, Lyle Trailhead for the Klickitat Trail: on Hwy 14 just east of Klickitat River Bridge, turn north on Hwy 142 to get to entrance of trailhead.

 

KTC Fall 2013 Events Schedule:

Sunday, September 22, 2013
Harvest Hike, Pitt to Klickitat (One way with car shuttle)
Easy, 3 miles
Leaders: KTC President Cheryl Steindorf and Secretary Laura Bales

This is an easy hike, about 3 miles. Parts of this route are very scenic with great river views. We might also find some ripe berries or fruit to eat along the trail.

Meeting Place: 10:00 AM at the Pitt trailhead. Take Hwy 14 on the WA side of the Columbia to Lyle. Just east of the bridge over the Klickitat River, turn north on Hwy. 142. Go about 10 miles. After a bridge over the Klickitat River, there will be a row of houses on the left. The trailhead is on the right, across from the houses and near a port-a-potty.

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Hike: Wahkiacus to the Mineral Springs
Easy, 2 miles roundtrip
Leader: Plant expert Barbara Robinson


This is a very scenic hike along the Klickitat River. The hike starts 16 miles up the Klickitat River, and the beautiful drive up the river with the maples and oaks at the peak of Fall color will be part of the fun. We will hike to the site of an old dry ice plant with bubbly mineral water still coming up out of old pipes, and talk about the history of the mineral springs. The hike is flat, but the path is rocky in places and there is poison oak near the trail, so please wear sturdy shoes. 

First meeting place: 10:00 AM at the new Lyle Trailhead in Lyle, WA, immediately east of the Klickitat River Bridge on the north side of Hwy. 14. To get to the trailhead entrance, turn left on Hwy 142.
Second (alternate) meeting place: 10:30 AM at Klickitat Town Park. This small park is in the town of Klickitat (13 miles up Hwy. 142 from Lyle), on the left side just past the grocery market.

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Two Hikes: Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt (strenuous, 8+ miles), or Lyle to the Fisher Hill Bridge (easy, 2 miles roundtrip)
Hike Leaders: KTC Board Members Jim Denton, Steven Woolpert,  and Barbara Robinson
FREE BREAKFAST SNACKS before the hike!!

Come to the Klickitat River Valley, enjoy the fall colors, and join Klickitat Trail Conservancy (KTC) members for their 11th anniversary celebration and hikes. We will meet at the new Lyle Trailhead and KTC will treat everyone to snacks before the hikes. There will be two hiking options. The first will be a strenuous 8+ mile hike one way from the Fisher Hill Trestle to Pitt. This hike involves a car shuttle. The second is an easy shorter hike, four miles round trip looking at plants, from Lyle to the Fisher Hill Bridge. The hikes follow the river through oak woodlands. Both hikes are flat, but the trail is rocky, so sturdy shoes are required.  Bring water and a lunch. You can add some of our FREE TRAIL SNACKS to your lunch.

A year ago a caboose was placed at the park in the town of Klickitat in memory of the old railroad. After our hikes some of you might want to take the beautiful drive to Klickitat to see it.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead, at intersection of Hwy 14 with Hwy 142, immediately east of the Klickitat River Bridge in Lyle. To get to the trailhead entrance, turn left on Hwy 142. 


Saturday, October 26, 2013
Entire Swale Canyon Hike
Strenuous 6+hour, 13-mile hike
Leaders: KTC Works Chair Jim Denton, and KTC board members Steven Woolpert and Ashleigh Coyner

This is a strenuous 6+ hour, 13 mile hike through remote and beautiful Swale Canyon, with Fall color at peak. We go from the treeless hills of the East Gorge, through open pine-oak woodlands, and end in solid forest. The grade is a mild downhill grade, and we do it one way, using a car shuttle on gravel roads. The trail is heavy railroad gravel in places, so wear sturdy boots.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead (Junction of Hwy. 14 and 142 in Lyle,Washington) 


Saturday, November 2, 2013
2nd Annual Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk

For the second straight year, a half-marathon and also a 5K Run/Walk will be held on the Klickitat Trail.   This is not a Klickitat Trail Conservancy (KTC) sponsored event, but we are happy to announce that it is happening again this year. For more information, please e-mail Lynda Esaacson at lyndae@gorge.net, or call her at 509-365-5380. Visit this Oregonian newspaper link to read about the event and see picture: http://blog.oregonlive.com/runoregon/2012/11/recap_and_results_2012_klickit.html


Sunday, November 3, 2013
Planting Hike, Lyle Trailhead to the Fisher Hill Trestle
Easy, 4-miles roundtrip
Leaders:  KTC Vice President Barbara Robinson and board member Ashleigh Coyner
KTC will provide native wildflower seed (Balsamroot, Oregon Sunshine, and other kinds) for you to plant as we walk from Lyle to Fisher Hill and back.  Help us on this easy, four-mile round trip hike to decorate the trail with our native wildflowers!  Bring gloves.  A trowel or small planting tool would be useful.  Fall color should be at peak in the Columbia Gorge and along the Klickitat.

Meeting Place:   10:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead

KTC Spring 2013 Events Schedule:
Sunday, March 24
Rare Buttercup Hunt (Joint hike with Friends of the Gorge)
5-6 miles roundtrip
Leaders: Don Hardin of the Mid-Columbia Native Plant Society and Nancy Allen, KTC Board Member
Come for a moderately-paced hike on the Klickitat Trail along upper Swale Creek on the Goldendale Plateau. Look for grass widows, desert parsleys (especially the beautiful purple one) and the rare Dalles Mountain Buttercup on this occasionally rocky and nearly flat trail. Dress warmly!  Bring a lunch.

 

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at Lyle Trailhead. From there we will carpool 15 miles to the Harms Rd. Trailhead where the hike begins.

Alternate Meeting Place: Harms Rd. Trailhead, 10:15 AM


Saturday, April 6
Birding Walk, plus some plant identification
Easy, 3-4 miles roundtrip
Leaders: Stuart Johnston and Barbara Robinson
The best time to see birds is early in the morning. Come birding with Klickitat County bird expert, Stuart Johnston, who will lead this hike for serious (or would-be serious) birders. Expect to stand still looking and listening as much as walking. Bring warm cloths and binoculars. We are hoping to see Long-billed Curlews and hear Vesper Sparrows, and more. Barbara Robinson, plant expert, will add some plant lore.

 

First Meeting place: 7:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead

Alternate Meeting Place: 7:45 AM at Harms Road Trailhead


Saturday, April 13
Wildflower Hike at Catherine Creek and Klickitat Trail
Easy to Moderate, 4 miles

Leaders: Steven Woolpert and Barbara Robinson

Join KTC Board Member Steven Woolpert and plant expert Barbara Robinson for a wildflower hunt on and near the Klickitat Trail between Lyle and Fisher Hill. After lunch we will look at the flowers along the paved trail at Catherine Creek at the height of the camas bloom. (Depending on weather, we might switch which hike is done first.)

 

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead 10:00 AM


Sunday, April 21
History and Wildflower hike from Wahkiacus to the mineral springs and beyond to the wildflower cliffs
Leaders: KTC Vice President Barbara Robinson and KTC Board Members Nancy Allen and Ashleigh Coyner
Easy, about 5 miles roundtrip

Come for a moderately-paced hike along the Klickitat River. We will walk to the site of an old dry ice factory and a natural mineral spring where water is sometimes bubbling up from a pipe, and talk about the fascinating history of the area.  A little further down the trail we’ll find cliffs covered with wildflowers.  We should see large purple and yellow desert parsleys, saxifrages, gold stars, buttercups, and many more kinds. Bring a lunch.

 

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at Lyle Trailhead. From there we will carpool 16 miles to the Wahkiacus Trailhead where the hike begins.

Alternate Meeting Place: Wahkiacus Trailhead, 10:15 AM 


Saturday, April 27
Hike Entire Swale Canyon
Strenuous, 13 miles
Leaders: KTC Board Members Jim Denton and Steven Woolpert; Fish & Wildlife Biologist Bill Weiler; KTC Treasurer Emeritus Dave Berger
This is a 13 mile, one way hike through the entire remote and beautiful Swale Canyon. Early flowers should be at peak. Experience miles of yellow, fragrant desert parsley in bloom. The Trail is railroad gravel in places, so wear sturdy boots. There is no access to this section of Trail except at the beginning and end. Come prepared to complete the entire hike, which should take about 6 ½ hours, plus time for a 15 mile car shuttle on gravel roads.

 

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead at 9:00 AM 


Saturday, May 4
Klickitat Trail Work Party
Leader: Klickitat Trail Crew Boss, Jim Denton
The 31 mile Klickitat Trail along the beautiful Klickitat River is cleared and maintained almost entirely by volunteers. Please help Klickitat Trail Conservancy by joining our stalwart crew boss Jim Denton for a day of pruning, hand-sawing, clearing rock, weeding, picking up trash, and possibly installing signage. To give you plenty of energy, we will start with a delicious Lions Club breakfast in Lyle - eggs and ham or an omelette with all the pancakes you can eat for $6.00, or if you want to skip the breakfast we will then meet at the Lyle Trailhead. Wear boots and preferably long sleeves and pants. Bring lunch, gloves, and possibly long-handled loppers if you have them. If not, come anyway!  (Notice there is also a June 1 work party.)

Meeting Place: 9:00 am, Lions Club Community Center in Lyle, on Hwy 14 at 5th St.

Alternate Meeting Place: 10:00 am, Lyle Trailhead for the Klickitat Trail: on Hwy 14 just east of Klickitat River Bridge, turn north on Hwy 142 to get to entrance of trailhead. 


Sunday, May 12 (Mother's Day) (joint hike with Friends of the Gorge)
Hike from the Fisher Hill Trestle to Pitt
Strenuous, 9 miles
Leaders: KTC Trail Crew Boss, Jim Denton, and KTC Treasurer Emeritus, Dave Berger
This is a very scenic route along exciting stretches of the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River. It will likely be at wildflower peak, with balsam root, lupine, and much more.  Jim will tell you about some of the geology.  This is a one way hike involving a car shuttle.

 

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead at 9:30 AM


Sunday, May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Swale Canyon Bird Walk
Easy, 1-2 miles, little elevation gain
Leaders: Wildlife Biologist Tim Pitz
Welcome the day with this early morning bird walk with wildlife biologist and bird guide Tim Pitz.  Learn bird species and their songs as you hike in the quiet Swale Canyon, in drier open meadowlark country.

 

Meeting Place: 7:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead


Celebrate National Trails Day, June 1, 2013

Washington State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Columbia River Gorge Commission, Klickitat Trail Conservancy, and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center invite you to learn more about the Klickitat Trail, native plants and animals, how to use the trail responsibly, and how you can get more involved.

The cost is free and it's a great way to get outdoors, learn more about your local 
trails, and meet the trail managers and stewards.

When:  Saturday, June 1st, from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Lyle Trailhead of the Klickitat Trail
 
Who: Everyone is welcome!
 

Click here for event flyer

Saturday, June 1 (National Trails Day)
Klickitat Trail Work Park
Leader: Klickitat Trail Crew Boss, Jim Denton
Join KTC on National Trails Day for a day of work on the Klickitat Trail.  This is your chance to help the trail and KTC!  Join our stalwart crew boss Jim Denton in tasks that may include pruning, hand-sawing, clearing rock, weeding, picking up trash, installing signage, and whatever else the trail might need.  There is work for every ability level.  To give you plenty of energy, we will start with a delicious Lions Club breakfast in Lyle - eggs and ham or an omelette with all the pancakes you can eat for $6.00, or if you want to skip the breakfast we will then meet at the Lyle Trailhead. Wear boots and preferably long sleeves and pants. Bring lunch, gloves, and possibly long-handled loppers if you have them. If not, come anyway!

First Meeting Place: 9:00 AM, Lions Club Community Center in Lyle, on Hwy 14 at 5th St.

Alternate Meeting Place: 10:00 am, Lyle Trailhead for the Klickitat Trail: on Hwy 14 just east of Klickitat River Bridge, turn north on Hwy 142 to get to entrance of trailhead. 


Saturday, June 8
Open House in Klickitat at the Caboose
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hike Haul Rd. at 11:00 AM
Caboose tour, activities for children, train memorabilia on display (spikes, other metal pieces found along trail with an explanation of what they are), Company Town history, and more !!

Fall 2012 Events Schedule:

Sunday, September 23
Harvest Hike, Pitt to Klickitat (One way with car shuttle)
Leaders: KTC President Cheryl Steindorf and Secretary Laura Bales

Meeting Place: 10:00 am at the Pitt trailhead. Take Hwy 14 on the WA side of the Columbia to Lyle. Just East of the bridge over the Klickitat River, turn north on Hwy. 142. Go about 10 miles. After a bridge over the Klickitat River, there will be a row of houses on the left. The trailhead is on the right, across from the houses and near a portapotty.

This is an easy hike, about 3 miles. Parts of this route are very scenic with great river views. We might also find some ripe berries or fruit to eat along the trail.


Saturday, October 6
To Be Announced
Leaders: KTC work chair Jim Denton, and KTC board member Bev Linde

Meeting Place: 9:00 am at the Lyle Trailhead (Junction of Hwy. 14 and 142 in Lyle,WA) .

A KTC-sponsored hike will take place on October 6th, but details have not yet been worked out. Please check back soon for details. If you wish to be placed on KTC's email list to receive timely announcements and notifications, please email us at info@klickitat-trail.org with a request to be placed on the listserv. The hike through Swale Canyon is postponed due to fire season closure still in effect. It will be re-scheduled for later in October. This is a strenuous 6+ hour, 13 mile hike through remote and beautiful Swale Canyon, with Fall color beginning. We go from the treeless hills of the East Gorge, through open pine-oak woodlands, and end in solid forest. The grade is a mild downhill grade, and we do it one way, using a car shuttle on gravel roads. The trail is heavy railroad gravel in places, so wear sturdy boots.


Sunday, October 14
KTC 10th Anniversary Celebration and Hikes!
Two Hikes: Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt, or Lyle to the Fisher Hill Bridge
Hike Leaders: KTC Board Members Jim Denton, Steven Woolpert, Bev Linde, and Barbara Robinson

Visit this link for an excellent photo chronicle of KTC's 10th Anniversary Celebration by The Original Easy Rider 

FREE SNACKS before the hike!!

Meeting Place: 9:30am at the Lyle Trailhead, at intersection of Hwy 14 with Hwy 142, immediately east of the Klickitat River Bridge in Lyle. To get to the trailhead entrance, turn left on Hwy 142. If you are coming from Portland, see direction for Sat, Oct. 15.

Come to the Klickitat River Valley, enjoy the fall colors, and join Klickitat Trail Conservancy (KTC) members for their 10th anniversary celebration and hikes. We will meet at the new Lyle Trailhead and KTC will treat everyone to snacks before the hikes. There will be two hiking options. The first will be a strenuous 8+ mile hike one way from the Fisher Hill Trestle to Pitt. This hike involves a car shuttle. The second is an easy shorter hike, four miles round trip looking at plants, from Lyle to the Fisher Hill Bridge. The hikes follow the river through oak woodlands. Both hikes are flat, but the trail is rocky, so sturdy shoes are required. Bring water and a lunch. You can add some of our FREE TRAIL SNACKS to your lunch.

KTC is excited to announce that a caboose has been placed at the park in the town of Klickitat in memory of the old railroad. Hopefully after our hikes those who want can go to Klickitat to see the caboose and celebrate some more.


Saturday, October 20
East Swale Canyon Hike, offered jointly by KTC and Friends of the Gorge
Leaders: KTC Board Members Barbara Robinson and Ashleigh Coyner

Meeting place: 9:45 am at the Lyle Trailhead, junction of Hwy. 14 and 142 in Lyle, WA, just east of the bridge over the Klickitat River. From Portland, take I-84 east to exit 63 (downtown Hood River), exit there, and follow the detour signs to the Hood River Bridge. Exit 64, the Hood River Bridge exit, is under construction, so you have to take the downtown exit to get to the Bridge. Cross the bridge and turn right/east on Hwy. 14, and go about 13 miles to Lyle.

After meeting at the trailhead, we will take the Lyle-Centerville Hwy (left at the red Lyle Café building) 15 miles to Harms Rd, and then left/north on Harms Rd half a mile to the east trailhead for Swale Canyon. We start the hike from there about 10:30.

We will walk west about three miles along Swale Creek and then back out, looking at birds, plants, fish and wildlife habitat, and wetlands. Bring binoculars. Please wear study boots since the trail is an old railbed and very gravelly.


Sunday, October 28
Hike: Wahkiacus to the Mineral Springs
Hike Leaders: KTC Board Members Nancy Allen and Bev Linde

First meeting place: 10:00 at the new Lyle Trailhead for the Klickitat Trail, immediately east of the Klickitat River Bridge on the north side of Hwy. 14. To get to the trailhead entrance, turn left on Hwy 142. Second meeting place: 10:30 at Klickitat Town Park. This small park is in the town of Klickitat (13 miles up Hwy. 142 from Lyle), on the left side just past the grocery market.

Easy: 2 miles round trip. This is a very scenic hike along the Klickitat River. The hike starts 16 miles up the Klickitat River, and the beautiful drive up the river with the maples and oaks at the peak of Fall color will be part of the fun. We will hike to the site of an old dry ice plant with bubbly mineral water still coming up out of old pipes, and talk about the history of the mineral springs. The hike is flat, but the path is rocky in places and there is poison oak near the trail, so please wear sturdy shoes.


Saturday, November 3

On Saturday, November 3 a half-marathon and also a 5k run/walk will be held on the Klickitat Trail. This is not a Klickitat Trail Conservancy sponsored event, but we are happy to announce that it is happening. For more information please contact Lynda Esaacson at lyndae@gorge.net, or call her at 509-365-5380.

Visit this link to read about the 1st Annual Half-Marathon and 5K event held on the Klickitat Trail on November 3, 2012

 


Spring 2012 Events Schedule:
Download your copy of the Events Schedule in PDF by clicking here.

April 1, Sunday: Early and Rare Wild Flower Hunt (This is a joint hike with Friends of the Gorge.)
Leaders: Sara Wu and Nancy Allen of Mid-Columbia Native Plant Society (Nancy is also a KTC board member)
Easy, about 3 miles round trip

Come for a moderately-paced hike along the Klickitat River. We will walk to the site of an old dry ice factory and a natural mineral spring to hunt for the rare Dalles Mt. Buttercup. We should also see large purple and yellow desert parsleys, saxifrages, gold stars, and other early spring flowers. Dress warmly! Bring a lunch.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at Lyle Trailhead. From there we will carpool 16 miles to the Wahkiacus Trailhead where the hike begins.
Second meeting place: Wahkiacus Trailhead, 10:15 AM


April 7, Saturday: Birding Walk, plus some plant identification
Walk Leaders: Stuart Johnston and Barbara Robinson
Easy, three or four miles round trip, starting from Harms Rd Trailhead.

The best time to see birds is early in the morning. Come birding with Klickitat County bird expert, Stuart Johnston, who will lead this hike for serious (or would-be serious) birders. Expect to stand still looking and listening as much as walking. Bring warm cloths and binoculars. We are hoping to see Long-billed Curlews and hear Vesper Sparrows, and more. Barbara Robinson, plant expert, will add some plant lore.

First Meeting place: 7:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead
Second Meeting Place: 7:45 AM at Harms Road Trailhead


April 14, Saturday: Wildflower hike at Catherine Creek and Klickitat Trail
Hike leaders: Steven Woolpert and Barbara Robinson
Easy to Moderate, four miles

Join KTC board member Steven Woolpert and plant expert Barbara Robinson for a wildflower hunt on and near the Klickitat Trail between Lyle and Fisher Hill. After lunch we will look at the flowers along the paved trail at Catherine Creek at the height of the camas bloom.

Meeting place: Lyle Trailhead 10:00 AM


April 21, Saturday: Hike through Swale Canyon
Hike leaders: KTC board members Jim Denton, Steven Woolpert, and Bev Linde
Strenuous, 13 miles

This is a 13 mile, one way hike through the entire remote and beautiful Swale Canyon. Early flowers should be at peak. Experience miles of yellow, fragrant dessert parsley in bloom. The Trail is railroad gravel in places, so wear sturdy boots. There is no access to this section of Trail except at the beginning and end. Come prepared to complete the entire hike, which should take about 6 ½ hours, plus time for a 15 mile car shuttle on gravel roads.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead at 9:00 AM


April 28, Saturday: Hike from the town of Klickitat to Pitt
Hike leaders: KTC board members Jim Minick, Cheryl Steindorf, and Laura Bales
Easy, about 3 miles one way

Join us for an easygoing hike with lovely sections along the Klickitat River and some good flowers. Learn about the history of the company town of Klickitat. We will probably do some trash pickup too. There will be a short car shuttle and the hike will be one way.

First meeting place: Lyle Trailhead 9:30 AM
Second meeting place: Klickitat Town Park Trailhead, 10:00 AM


May 6, Sunday: Hike Fisher Hill to Pitt (This is a joint hike with Friends of the Gorge.)
Hike Leaders: KTC board members Bev Linde and Jim Denton
Strenuous, 9 miles

This is a very scenic route along exciting stretches of the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River. It will be at wildflower peak, with balsam root, lupine, and much more. Bev will tell you about the flowers, and Jim will give you some geology. You will also see the aftermath of a fire two years ago along one section of trail. This is a one way hike involving a car shuttle.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead at 9:00 AM


May13, Sunday, Mother’s Day: Flower hike from Harms Rd. to Warwick
Hike Leaders: Barbara Robinson and Bev Linde
Easy, 3 miles round trip

Join wildflower experts Barbara Robinson and Bev Linde on a hike along meandering upper Swale Creek to look at lupines, buckwheats, desert parsleys, and more. Depending on what is blooming, we may also explore a nearby area that WA Fish and Wildlife has recently purchased.

First Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead at 9:30 AM
Second Meeting Place: Harms Rd. Trailhead at 10:15AM


May 20, Sunday:  Hike Wahkiacus to Suburbia
Hike Leaders:  KTC Board Members Bev Linde, Nancy Allen and Barbara Robinson
Moderate, 5 miles round trip

We will meet at the Klickitat Trailhead in Lyle, drive l6 miles up the beautiful Klickitat River Canyon, and hike a mile to an old mineral spring where water is sometimes bubbling up from a pipe. You will learn about the history of the dry ice factory that used to be there. Then we will go another 1 ½ miles to a little beach on the river where a railroad trestle has been removed.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead
Second Meeting Place: 9:45 AM at the Klickitat Town Park Trailhead


May 27, Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend: Klickitat River Bird Walk (This event is held jointly with Friends of the Gorge.)
Hike Leader:  Tim Pitz, wildlife biologist
Easy, 1-2 miles


Welcome the day with this early morning bird walk with wildlife biologist Tim Pitz of The Dalles, Oregon. Learn bird types and habitats as you walk along the Klickitat River. Bring a warm coat and binoculars, and expect to quietly stand and listen, as well as walk.

Meeting Place: 7:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead


Fall 2011 Hiking & Biking Schedule
Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, September 25, 2011
Harvest Hike:  Pitt to Klickitat (One way with car shuttle)
Easy hike, approximately 3 miles

Leaders: KTC President Cheryl Steindorf and KTC Secretary Laura Bales
Parts of this route are very scenic with awesome Klickitat River views.  We might also find some ripe berries or fruit to eat along the trail. 

Meeting Place: 10:00 AM at the Pitt Trailhead.
Take Hwy 14 on the Washington side of the Columbia River to Lyle. Just east of the bridge over the Klickitat River, turn north on Hwy. 142.  Go about 10 miles. After the bridge crossing the Klickitat River, on the left, will be a row of houses.  The trailhead is on the right, directly across from these houses and near a handicap-accessible portable toilet.

Saturday, October 8, 2011
Hike:  Entire Swale Canyon
Strenuous (because of distance) 13-mile hike, 6+ hours

Leaders: KTC Works Chair Jim Denton,  KTC Board Member Bev Linde,  Wildlife Expert Bill Weiler

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead
(junction of Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 142, in Lyle, Washington)

This is a strenuous 6+ hour, 13-mile hike through remote and beautiful Swale Canyon, at the beginning of Fall colors. We go from the treeless hills of the East Gorge, through open pine-oak woodlands, and end in solid forest.  The grade is a mild downhill grade, and we do it one way, using a car shuttle on gravel roads.  The trail is heavy railroad gravel in places, so wear sturdy boots, bring food and plenty of water. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Hike:  East Swale Canyon, offered jointly by KTC and Friends of the Columbia Gorge
Moderate, 6-mile hike

Leaders:  Wildlife Expert Bill Weiler, KTC Vice President Barbara Robinson,  and KTC Board Member Steven Woolpert.

Meeting Place: 9:45 AM at the Lyle Trailhead
(junction of Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 142, in Lyle, Washington).  From Portland, take I-84 east to exit 63 (downtown Hood River), exit there, and follow the detour signs to the Hood River Bridge.  (Exit 64, the Hood River Bridge exit, is under construction, so you have to take the downtown exit to get to the Bridge.)  Cross the bridge and turn right/east on Hwy. 14, and go about 13 miles to Lyle.

After meeting at the trailhead, we will take the Lyle-Centerville Hwy (left at the red Lyle Café building) 15 miles to Harms Rd, and then left/north on Harms Rd half a mile to the east trailhead for Swale Canyon. We start the hike from there about 10:30 AM.  There is a portable toilet at this trailhead.

We will walk west approximately three miles along Swale Creek, and then back out, looking at birds, plants, fish and wildlife habitat, and wetlands.  Bring binoculars, food, and water. Please wear study boots since the trail is an old railbed and very gravelly.

Sunday, October 23, 2011
KTC 9th Anniversary and New Lyle Trailhead Celebration
Two Hikes:  Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt, or, Lyle to the Fisher Hill Bridge

Leaders:   KTC Board Members Jim Denton, Bev Linde, and Barbara Robinson

FREE SNACKS before the hike!!

Come to the Klickitat River Valley, enjoy beautiful Fall colors, and join Klickitat Trail Conservancy (KTC) members and supporters for KTC's 9th anniversary hike. We will meet at the new Lyle Trailhead and KTC will treat everyone to snacks before the hike. There will be two hiking options. The first will be a strenuous 8+ mile hike one way from the Fisher Hill Trestle to Pitt. This hike involves a car shuttle. The second is an easy shorter hike, 4 miles round trip looking at plants, from Lyle to the Fisher Hill Bridge. The hikes follow the Klickitat River through oak woodlands. Both hikes are flat, but the trail is rocky, so sturdy shoes are required. Bring water and a lunch.  You can supplement your lunch with some of KTC's FREE TRAIL SNACKS.

KTC is excited to announce that a caboose will soon be placed at the park in the town of Klickitat in commemoration of the old railroad. Following the hikes, people are welcome to go to Klickitat to see the caboose and enjoy further celebration.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead (junction of Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 142, in Lyle, Washington).  From Portland, take I-84 east to exit 63 (downtown Hood River), exit there, and follow the detour signs to the Hood River Bridge.  (Exit 64, the Hood River Bridge exit, is under construction, so you have to take the downtown exit to get to the Bridge.)  Cross the bridge and turn right/east on Hwy. 14, and go about 13 miles to Lyle. (Note:  the printed FOG hike schedule inadvertently lists this hike under Tuesday, October 11.  The correct date is October 23.  The travel directions listed for October 11th are correct.)


Sunday, October 30, 2011
Hike:  Wahkiacus to the Mineral Springs
Easy, 2-miles, roundtrip

Leaders:   Plant Expert Barbara Robinson and KTC Board Member Bev Linde

First meeting place
: 10:00 AM at the new Lyle Trailhead, immediately east of the Klickitat River Bridge on the north side of Hwy. 14. To get to the trailhead entrance, turn left on Hwy 142.
Second (alternate) meeting place
: 10:30 AM at Klickitat Town Park. This small park is in the town of Klickitat (13 miles up Hwy. 142 from Lyle), on the left side just past the grocery market.

This is a very scenic hike along the Klickitat River. The hike starts 16 miles up the Klickitat River, and the beautiful drive along the Klickitat River with the maples and oaks at the peak of Fall color will be part of the fun. We will hike to the site of an old dry ice plant with bubbly mineral water still coming up out of old pipes, and talk about the history of the mineral springs. The hike is flat, but the path is rocky in places and there is poison oak near the trail, so please wear sturdy shoes.


Spring 2011 Hiking & Biking Schedule
Everyone is welcome!


Saturday, March 26, 2011
Early and Rare Wild Flower Hunt
About 5 miles round trip Hike; Moderate

Leaders: Sara Wu and KTC Board Member Nancy Allen of Mid-Columbia Native Plant Society

Come for a moderately paced hike along Swale Creek on the Goldendale Plateau.  Look for desert parsleys, especially the beautiful purple one, and rare Dalles
Mt. Buttercups on this occasionally rocky and nearly flat trail. Dress warmly! Bring a lunch.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at Lyle Trailhead. From there we will carpool 15 miles to the Harms Rd. Trailhead where the hike begins.

Second Meeting Place: Harms Rd. Trailhead at 10:15 AM
Rare buttercup early flower hike in Swale, starting at Harms Rd and going in 2 to 3 miles.  Sarah Wu and Nancy Allen


Saturday, April 9, 2011
Birding Event, plus some plant identification
3 or 4 miles round trip, starting from Harms Rd Trailhead; Easy

Walk Leaders: Stuart Johnston and KTC Vice President Barbara Robinson

The best time to see birds is early in the morning. Come with Klickitat County bird expert, Stuart Johnston, who will lead this hike for serious (or would-be serious) birders. Expect to stand still looking and listening as much as walking. Bring warm cloths and binoculars. We’re hoping to see Long-billed Curlews and hear Vesper Sparrows, and more. Barbara Robinson, plant expert, will add some plant identification.

First Meeting Place: 7:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead

Second Meeting Place:
7:45 AM at Harms Rd. Trailhead


Saturday, April 16, 2011
Klickitat to Pitt, looking at flowers and litter patrol
4 miles; Easy to Moderate, flat

Hike Leaders:  KTC Board Members Laura Bales and Barbara Robinson

Join KTC board member Laura Bales and plant expert Barbara Robinson for an easygoing hike with lovely sections along the Klickitat River and some good flowers. Learn about the history of the company town of Klickitat. We will pick up trash along the way.  There will be a short car shuttle and the hike will be one way.

First Meeting Place: LyleTrailhead, 10:00 AM

Second Meeting Place: Klickitat Town Park Trailhead, 10:30 AM


Saturday, April 23, 2011
Hike Swale Canyon
13 miles; Strenuous

Hike Leaders: KTC Board Members Jim Denton and Bev Linde

This is a one way hike through remote and beautiful Swale Canyon. Early flowers, including pungent desert parsley, should be at peak. Experience miles of yellow, fragrant dessert parsley in bloom. The Trail is railroad gravel in places, so wear sturdy boots. There is no access to this section of Trail except at the beginning and end. Come prepared to complete the entire hike, which should take about 6 ½ hours, plus time for a 15 mile car shuttle on gravel roads. There are still some trestles without decking.  Many bikers enjoy riding over them, while others prefer to walk their bikes across these trestles.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead at 9:00 AM


Sunday, May 1, 2011
Hike Fisher Hill to Pitt at peak of many flowers
9 miles; Strenuous

Hike Leaders: KTC Board Members Bev Linde and Jim Denton .

This is a very scenic route along exciting stretches of the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River. It will be at wildflower peak, with balsam root, lupine, and much more. Bev will tell you about the flowers, and Jim will give you some geology. You will also see the aftermath of last summer’s fire along one section of trail. This is a one way hike involving a car shuttle.  The hike will end at the breathtaking high trestle at Fisher Hill Bridge.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead at 9:00 AM


Sunday, May 8, 2011 (Mother's Day)
Hike Klickitat Mineral Springs (joint hike with Friends of the Columbia Gorge)
3 miles round trip; Easy

Hike Leader  KTC Vice President Barbara Robinson

KTC and Friends of the Gorge jointly offer this Mothers' Day event. We will meet at the lovely new Trailhead in Lyle, drive l6 miles up the beautiful Klickitat River Canyon, and then do an easy hike to an old spring where mineral water sometimes bubbles up from a pipe. Barbara will identify plants and talk about the dry ice factory and the soda pop bottling company that were there. We may go a little further on the trail to see more flowers. Bring a lunch.

Meeting Place: 10:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead .

Second Meeting Place: 10:45 AM Klickitat Town Park Trailhead


Sunday, May 15, 2011
Swale Canyon Wildflower Bike Ride
Pre-registration Required!
13 miles; Moderate/Strenuous; 1,000-ft. elev. LOSS

Bike Leaders:  KTC Board Members
Jim Denton and Nancy Allen  

Ride from the high prairie of the Goldendale plateau down to Wahkiacus. We will stop frequently to admire a variety of native wildflowers as we ride along Swale Creek through grassland, oak, pine and then Douglas fir riparian habitats. Bring your camera. This is meant to be a slow-paced ride to take in the wonderful scenery of Swale Canyon. Helmets, spare tube, and water required.  Front suspension, snacks, and lunch suggested.  Don't be fooled by the short mileage.  This ride will take several hours.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at Lyle Trailhead

This is a one way shuttled ride.  Please contact Nancy Allen at 541-442-5111, or email her at bikingnana@gmail.com, so that appropriate shuttle arrangements can be made in advance.


Saturday, May 21, 2011
Celebrate Trail Achievements!
Lyle to Fisher Hill Bridge (jointly with Friends of the Columbia Gorge)

Hike 4 miles round trip; Easy

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Klickitat Trail Conservancy, we invite you to the Celebration of the new Lyle Trail Head and the reconstructed Fisher Hill High Trestle. Many good people have worked years to support the vision of what the Trail has become. At some point, many of you were instrumental in an important way. We wish to host you and the public in a friendly Celebration of these new features of the Klickitat Rail Trail.  Trail snacks and bottled water will be provided.  Click to read a "Klickitat Trail Gets Vital Link" posted on Washington Trails Association website.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 21, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Lyle Trailhead, on SR 14, just east of the bridge, Lyle, Washington

Parking: Side streets between the baseball park and the Trailhead. Don't block driveways. Be careful walking to the Trailhead. No parking at the Trailhead itself that day. Designated drop zone for handicap and seniors at Trailhead entrance.

Itinerary:

  10:30

Informal Meet and Greet

  11:00 Speakers to Celebrate the accomplishments
  11:30 Walk from Lyle Trailhead to Fisher Hill Trestle on new gravel surface (1.7 miles)
  12:30 Celebrate Fisher Hill High Trestle
  1:00 to 3:00 Trail Open House. The public and guests are invited to enjoy the newly opened features. USFS and Washington State Parks staff along with KTC volunteers, will provide "on the Trail" interpreters throughout the restored 1.7 mile section

Fall 2010 Hiking & Biking Schedule

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Swale Canyon Bike Ride
Bike leaders:   Maegan Jossy, FOG Outdoor Program Coordinator, and Jim Denton, KTC Works Chair.
Moderate/Strenuous: about 13 miles, 1,000 ft. elevation LOSS.  Pace of the ride will be moderate.  Come with us, enjoy the ride and refresh your soul in the fall air.  We will ride from the high prairie of the Goldendale plateau down to the Klickitat River.  Experience early fall colors as we follow Swale Creek through the oak, pine and Douglas fir riparian habitats.  The trail surface varies from small gravel to large gravel, packed soil, and some obstacles to walk around.  It also includes a few trestle crossings. This event will involve a car shuttle.  You will need a mountain bike, helmet, spare tube, and front suspension. 

Advanced registration is required.  This event is being held jointly with Friends of the Gorge.  To register, call 503-241-3762, ext 103, or go online to www.gorgefriends.org and click on hikes.  When you register, details about meeting times and places will be emailed to you.  If you do not have email, call Barbara at 541-296-5334.


Sunday, October 17, 2010
KTC 8th Anniversary Hike and New Lyle Trailhead Celebration
Hike:  Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt
Hike Leaders:  KTC Board Members Jim Denton, Bev Linde, and Barbara Robinson

FREE TAILGATE BREAKFAST before the hike beginning around 9:15 a.m.
Hike(s) begin at 10:00 a. m.

Two hike options:  1) strenuous 8+ miles   2) easy, 4 miles

Come to the Klickitat River Valley, enjoy the fall colors, and join Klickitat Trail Conservancy (KTC) members for their 8th anniversary hike.  We will meet at the new Lyle Trailhead (under construction now) and KTC will treat everyone to a tailgate breakfast before the hike.  There will be two hiking options.  The first will be a strenuous 8+ mile hike one way from the Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt.  This hike involves a car shuttle.  The second is a shorter hike, four miles round trip looking at plants, also beginning at the Fisher Hill Bridge. The hikes follow the river through oak woodlands. Both hikes are flat, but the trail is rocky, so sturdy shoes are required.  Bring water and a lunch.

Meeting Place: 9:15 a.m. at the Lyle Trailhead, on Hwy 14, immediately east of the Klickitat River Bridge on Lyle.  To get to the trailhead entrance, turn left on Hwy 142.  If you are coming from Portland, take I-84 to the Hood River Bridge exit, (3rd Hood River exit), cross the bridge, turn right on Hwy 14, and go about 13 miles to the Klickitat River Bridge.


Saturday, October 23, 2010
Geology Auto Tour and Hike
Leader: Jim Denton

Meet at Lyle and drive up the Klickitat River at least as far as Wahkiacus, and possibly to Harms Rd and Warwick, stopping at points of geological interest along the way.  The auto tour will be followed by a 2-4 mile hike either from Wahkiacus to the Klickitat Mineral Springs, or on the section of trail between Harms Rd. and Warwick.  Bring water and a lunch.

Meeting  Place:  9:30am at the Lyle trailhead, on Hwy 14, immediately east of the Klickitat River Bridge on Lyle.  To get to the trailhead entrance, turn left on Hwy 142.


Sunday, October 31, 2010
Hike: Wahkiacus to the old Dry Ice Factory site
A joint hike with Friends of the Gorge and KTC
Hike Leaders:  Plant expert Barbara Robinson, and KTC President Cheryl Steindorf

Easy: 2 miles round trip.  This is a very scenic hike along the Klickitat River.  The hike starts 16 miles up the Klickitat River, and the beautiful drive up the river with the maples and oaks at the peak of Fall color will be part of the fun.  We will hike to the site of an old dry ice plant with bubbly mineral water still coming up out of old pipes, and talk about the history of the mineral springs.  The hike is flat, but the path is rocky in places and there is poison oak near the trail, so please wear sturdy shoes.

First meeting place:  10:00 at the new Lyle Trailhead for the Klickitat Trail, immediately east of the Klickitat River Bridge on the north side of Hwy. 14. To get to the trailhead entrance, turn left on Hwy 142.   Second meeting place:  10:30 at Klickitat Town Park.  This small park is in the town of Klickitat (13 miles up Hwy. 142 from Lyle), on the left side just past the grocery market.


KTC Activity Schedule, Spring 2010

January 30, 2010, Saturday
Eagle Spotting at Balfour-Klickitat Day Use Park
Leader:  Cathy Flick, Wildlife Biologist

Experience an educational winter field outing for bald eagles at Balfour Park. Cathy Flick will come armed with a spotting scope, give a life-history overview, and introduce you to specific year-round pairs in the area. Part of the outing will involve a short walk. Bring binoculars, or a spotting scope, and dress warmly. There are toilet facilities at the Park.

Meeting Place: 10:00 AM Balfour Klickitat Park

Access from SR-14 - heading east just before the Klickitat River turn left (north) onto Old Hwy 8. Follow Old Hwy 8 for approximately 1/4 mile to the parking lot on the east side of the road.

Post Event Report:
The eagle event was a huge success.  The official sign up sheet head count was 53.  There were estimates of 70.  Cathy Flick did a great job with lots of great new props this year. The eagles were cooperative and flying every where.  The event lasted about two hours.

Wonderful photos by Darryl Lloyd can be viewed by following this link.

Thanks to Bev who helped with the sign up sheets and brought brownies.  Thanks to Dan who directed traffic and parking.  Thanks to hikers who helped keep the crowds headed in the right direction and away from the pond. 


Bike Workshops

Portia Masterson will be holding her popular bike workshops again this spring. She is a retired bicycle retailer and professional bike mechanic with 25 years experience and is the author of Bicycling Bliss: Riding to Improve Your Wellness. There is a $10 per person fee for each class which includes instruction and handouts. Each class size is limited to 10. If you have a stationary trainer bring it to class. 

The first class is scheduled for March 27th; the second is scheduled for April 24th. The class will meet at the old Lyle School which is on Hwy. 14 and Third Street in Lyle. For more information and to register call Portia Masterson 509-281-0631 or email her at portia.masterson@gmail.com
See more details below.


March 27, 2010, Saturday
Riding Posture for Cycling Performance and Health

9:00 AM until Noon
During this class you will learn how to: Use your back, neck, shoulders and arms to eliminate discomfort, pedal efficiently for more fun and less effort and adjust your bike to support this healthful posture. Learn the underlying principles and evaluate your riding position using your bike on a stationery trainer. Bring your bike and riding shoes. A short ride will follow the class.

For more information and to register call Portia Masterson 509-281-0631 or email her at portia.masterson@gmail.com

Meeting Place:  Lyle School on SR 14 and Third Street in Lyle.

March 28, 2010, Sunday
Early Wildflower Hike in Upper Swale Canyon (Moderate: 7 miles roundtrip)
Leaders: 
Barbara Robinson and Sara Wu
Join wildflower experts on this moderately-paced early wildflower hike along Swale Creek in the eastern Gorge.  Look for Desert Parsleys and rare Dalles Mountain Buttercups on this occasionally rocky and nearly flat trail.  Dress for cool weather and bring a lunch.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at Balfour Klickitat Park
Actual start of hike is at the Harms Rd. Trailhead, 15 miles north of meeting place.  We will carpool to it.

April 10, 2010, Saturday
Birding Walk at Harms Road
Leader
:  Stuart Johnston
It is a good idea to get an early start when seeking out birds.  We will make frequent stops to look and listen.  Dress warmly, in layers that can be shed as the morning warms up.  We will be alert for flight displays of newly-arrived Long-Billed Curlews and singing Vesper Sparrows, among other species.  We will also have opportunities to identify many early spring wildflowers along the trail.

First Meeting Place: 
7:00 AM at
Balfour Klickitat Park
Second Meeting Place: 
7:45 AM at Harms Rd. Trailhead

April 17, 2010, Saturday
Swale Canyon Wildflower Bike Ride (Moderate/Strenuous: 13 miles, 1,000-ft. elev. LOSS)
Leaders: 
Nancy Allen and Donna Enz
Ride from the high prairie of the Goldendale plateau down to Wahkiacus.  We will stop frequently to admire miles of Pungent and Columbia Desert Parsley in bloom and a variety of other native wildflowers as we ride along Swale Creek through oak, pine, and Douglas Fir riparian habitats.  Bring your camera.  This is meant to be a slow-paced ride to take in the wonderful scenery of Swale Canyon.  Helmets, a spare tube and front suspension required.

Meeting Place: 
9:00 AM at
Balfour Klickitat Park
This is a one-way shuttled ride, so please contact Donna Enz at 509-365-9527 or email her at denz@hughes.net so that appropriate shuttle arrangements can be made in advance.
April 24, 2010, Saturday
Bike Maintenance Basics
9:00 AM until Noon
In this two-hour class learn to evaluate your brakes, gears and wheels to prevent mechanical problems on the road. Bring your bikes, tools, and portable repair stands if you have them. We'll make adjustments to brakes and gears that would be appropriate before or during a ride.

For more information and to register call Portia Masterson 509-281-0631 or email her at portia.masterson@gmail.com

Meeting Place:  Lyle School on SR 14 and Third Street in Lyle.
April 25, 2010, Sunday
Hike Swale Canyon (Moderate/Strenuous, 13 miles)
Held jointly with Friends of the Gorge
Leaders: 
Jim Denton and Bev Linde
This is a one way hike through remote and beautiful Swale Canyon.  Early flowers should be at peak.  Experience miles of yellow, fragrant desert parsley in bloom.  The trail is railroad gravel in places, so wear sturdy boots.  There is no access to this section of trail except at the beginning and end.  Come prepared to complete the entire hike, which usually takes about 6-1/2 hours. This hike will involve a car shuttle on gravel roads.

Meeting Place:  9:00 AM at
Balfour Klickitat Park
May 1, 2010, Saturday
Hike Fisher Hill Bridge to Klickitat (Moderate: 11 miles, rocky in places)
Held jointly with Friends of the Gorge
Leaders: 
Bev Linde and Jim Minick
This is a very scenic route along exciting stretches of the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River.  It will be at wildflower peak, with balsam root, lupine, and much more.

This hike is in conjunction with a wonderful community event planned for Lyle, Washington, on this same day known as the Tour de Fleur.  Be sure to visit the Tour de Fleur website for more information.  Another great event in our area is the Columbia Hills Wagons & Wildflowers Sixth Annual Event
Meeting Place:  9:00 AM at
Balfour Klickitat Park
May 15, 2010, Saturday
River Peoples Cultural Exchange
Lyle, Washington
Noon to 7 PM
The River Peoples Cultural Exchange is a collaborative effort of the residents of Lyle, Washington, and tribal members to share traditions, educate, build friendships, and promote goodwill with our communities and region.

Please come and share the spirit of friendship with us, our state and local dignitaries, and our honored veterans.
May 15, 2010, Saturday
Klickitat to Pitt (Easy/Moderate)
Leaders: 
Laura Bales and Barbara Robinson
As with all of the Klickitat Trail, this is a very scenic stretch that follows the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River the entire way.  Barbara Robinson, a Gorge wildflower expert, will point out special wildflower viewing on some rocky seeps along the trail.  Depending on weather, this will either be a one-way 3-mile hike, or a 6-mile round trip hike.

Meeting Place:  9:30 AM at
Balfour Klickitat Park
Second Meeting Place: 10:00 AM at the Pitt Trailhead
June 5, 2010, Saturday
Wahkiacus to Suburbia (5 miles round trip; Easy/Moderate)
American Hiking Society's National Trails® Day 2010 Event
Leaders: 
Barbara Robinson and Cheryl Steindorf
This is KTC's last hike of the Spring season.  Wildflower expert  Barbara Robinson and KTC President Cheryl Steindorf will take you along the Klickitat River. This is a lovely and historically interesting stretch of the Klickitat Trail which takes us past an old Dry Ice Plant and natural mineral springs. Flowers will be in bloom. There are no houses along this stretch of the Trail so it feels very wild. We will continue south along the river to the Suburbia trestle. Parts of the Trail are rocky, so wear good boots. Bring water and a lunch.

Meeting Place:  9:30 AM at Depot Park in Klickitat, Washington.
Driving directions:  From SR-14 in Lyle, Washington, turn north on SR-142. Drive about 13 miles up the Klickitat River. Depot Park is next to the Canyon Market in the town of Klickitat.  Parking is easy and plentiful.

Fun Events and Activities of 2009

January 24, 2009, Saturday
Eagle Spotting at Klickitat-Balfour Park
Leader:  Wildlife Biologist Cathy Flick

Experience an educational winter field outing for eagles at Balfour-Klickitat Day Use Park in Lyle.  Cathy Flick will bring a spotting scope, give a life-history overview, and introduce you to specific year-round pairs in the area.  Balfour-Klickitat has a paved trail, suitable for wheelchair access.  Part of the outing will involve a short walk in a grassy area.  Bring binoculars and dress warmly.  There are toilet facilities at the Park.

Meeting Place: 10:00 AM at Klickitat-Balfour Day Use Park.  Access from SR-14 - heading east just before the Klickitat River (and the town of Lyle) turn left (north) onto Old Hwy 8. There is a street sign there that says "Appleton". Follow Old Hwy 8 for approximately 1/4 mile to the parking lot on the right side of the road.

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March 15, 2009, Sunday
Wildflower Hike (Held jointly with Friends of the Gorge)
Hike Leaders:  Barbara Robinson and Dave Berger
Length about 6 miles.  Altitude gain 200 ft.
Wildflower expert Barbara Robinson will lead the first part of this wildflower hike at Catherine Creek.  The second part of the hike will  move to the Klickitat Trail between Lyle and Fsher Hill Bridge.  The surfaces on both these hikes is gentle.

Meeting Place: 10:00 AM at Catherine Creek Trailhead on Old Hwy. 8 west of Lyle. From Hood River Bridge, take SR-14 east 5.8 miles to Old Hwy 8, turn left, and continue 1 mile to the Trailhead.


March 22, 2009, Sunday
Upper Swale Canyon (Held jointly with Friends of the Gorge and the Native Plant Society)
Hike Leaders:  Donna Enz and Sara Wu
Moderate:  7 miles round trip, 300-ft. elev. gain.
This is a moderately paced early wildflower hike along Swale Creek in the eastern Gorge.  Look for desert parsleys and rare buttercups on this occasionally rocky trail.  If the weather is bad or Spring is late, we may switch to a lower elevation hike.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.  Actual start of hike is 15 miles north of meeting place at the Harms Road Trailhead.  We will carpool.


March 27, 2009, Friday
Work Party:  Bike Ride Through Swale
Meeting Place: 8 AM, Lyle Trailhead
A bike ride through Swale to make sure that the trail is ready for spring use. We will be lopping back last year's plant growth, grubbing out roots where warranted, and cleaning out or digging drainage channels, and removing winter rock fall from the trail. Bring suitable clothing and water and food for a long day's work. Lopper, pruning saws, light picks, and other digging tools will be needed. Everyone will need suitable ways to attach tools to their bikes. Please let Jim Denton know if you plan on attending by phone at 541-354-1604, or email him.


March 28, 2009, Saturday
Bike Workshop:  Riding Posture for Cycling Performance and Health
Instructor:  Portia Masterson
During this class you will learn how to: Use your back, neck, shoulders and arms to eliminate discomfort, pedal efficiently for more fun and less effort, adjust your bike to support this healthful posture. Learn the underlying principles and evaluate your riding position using your bike on a stationery trainer. Bring your bike and riding shoes. Portia was a bicycle retailer for 24 years and is the author of "Bicycling Bliss: Riding to Improve Your Wellness."
Class limit 10. $10 fee.  To register call Donna Enz at 509-365-9527 or email her at denz@hughes.net.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Old Mill Building in the town of Klickitat, located on the east side of SR 142, just past Huntington's Bar and Grill on the north end of town.


March 29, 2009, Sunday
Hike Wahkiacus to Suburbia (Held jointly with Trails Club of Oregon)
Hike Leaders:  Barbara Robinson and Susan Saul
Easy:  5 miles round trip (or 2 miles if the weather is bad); Catherine Creek portion is 1-1/2 miles.
Wildflower expert Barbara Robinson and Trails Club of Oregon President Susan Saul will take you along the Klickitat River in the first part of this joint hike with the Trails Club of Oregon.  This is a lovely and historically interesting stretch of the Klickitat Trail, which in one mile gets us to an old Dry Ice Plant and mineral springs.  If the weather permits, we'll continue south along the river to the washed-out Suburbia trestle.  For the second part of the hike, we will move to Catherine Creek, one of the premier wildflower viewing areas in the Gorge.  This hike is timed for the peak of the Shooting Star bloom.

1st Meeting Place:  9:30 AM Lyle Trailhead
2nd Meeting Place: 
10:00 AM Wahkiacus Trailhead

The Lyle Trailhead is located on the west end of Lyle on the corner of SR-14 and SR-142. Look for the Klickitat Trail sign. (From Portland, take I-84 east to the Hood River Bridge. Cross into Washington and turn east on SR-14, to Lyle. From The Dalles, cross The Dalles bridge (Hwy 197) and turn west on SR-14 to Lyle).

The Wahkiacus Trailhead is approximately 3 miles north of Klickitat, along SR 142, turn right and take Horseshoe Bend Rd. and cross the Klickitat River bridge. Follow the road a few hundred yards east until it intersects with Schilling Rd.  Turn right onto Schilling Rd. -- the parking area is on the immediate right


April 11, 2009, Saturday
Birding Walk

Leader:  Stuart Johnston
Easy:  Short distances starting at Harms Rd. and going east toward Warwick; also going west from Harms Rd.
Klickitat County bird expert Stuart Johnston will lead this hike for serious (or would-be serious) birders. Expect to stand still looking and listening as much as walking. Bring warm clothes and binoculars. We’re hoping to see Longbilled Curlews and hear Vesper Sparrows, as well as much more.

First Meeting Place: 7:00 AM at Lyle Trailhead (Junction of Hwy 14 and 142)
Second Meeting Place:
7:45 AM at Harms Rd. Trailhead at 7:45 AM at the Harms Rd trailhead. (Take the Lyle-Centerville Hwy. 15 miles, left on Harms Rd. one-half mile and park just north of bridge.


April 18, 2009, Saturday
Bike Maintenance Basics
10:00 AM until NOON
Instructor:  Portia Masterson
In this two hour class learn to evaluate your brakes, gears and wheels to prevent mechanical problems on the road. Instructor: Portia Masterson is a retired bicycle retailer and professional bike mechanic with 25 years experience. Bring your bikes, tools, and portable repair stands if you have them. We'll make adjustments to brakes and gears that would be appropriate before or during a ride.
Fee: $10 per person includes instruction and handouts.
Class limit 10.  To register call Donna Enz at 509-365-9527 or email her at denz@hughes.net.

Meeting Place: 10:00 AM at the Old Mill Building in the town of Klickitat, on the east side of SR 142, just past Huntington's Bar and Grill on the north end of town.


April 19, 2009, Sunday
Swale Canyon Wildflower Bike Ride

Leaders:  Jim Denton and Donna Enz
Mod/Strenuous: 13 miles, 1,000-ft. elev. LOSS
Ride from the high prairie of the Goldendale plateau down to Wahkiacus. We will stop frequently to admire miles of Pungent and Columbia Desert Parsley in bloom including a variety of other native wildflowers as we ride along Swale Creek through oak, pine and Douglas fir riparian habitats. Bring your camera. Helmets, a spare tube and front suspension required; rear suspension recommended.

This is a one way shuttled ride so please contact Donna Enz at 509-365-9527 or email her at denz@hughes.net, so that appropriate shuttle arrangements can be made in advance.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead. (Take I-84 East to Hood River Bridge, cross bridge and continue east on WA Hwy 14, to Lyle. Meet at junction of WA Hwy 14 and Hwy 142 in Lyle.).   From The Dalles, cross The Dalles bridge (Hwy 197) and turn west on SR-14 to Lyle). There is a portable toilet at this location.


April 26, 2009, Sunday
Swale Canyon
Hike Leaders:  Jim Denton and Bev Linde (Held jointly with Friends of the Columbia Gorge)
Mod/Strenuous: 13 miles, 1,000-ft. elev. LOSS
Swale Canyon, 13 miles. This is a one way hike through remote and beautiful Swale Canyon. Early flowers should be at peak. Experience miles of yellow, fragrant dessert parsley in bloom. The Trail is railroad gravel in places, so wear sturdy boots. There is no access to this section of Trail except at the beginning and end. Come prepared to complete the entire hike which should take about 6 ½ hours. This hike will involve a car shuttle on gravel roads.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead. (Take I-84 East to Hood River Bridge, cross bridge and continue east on WA Hwy 14, to Lyle. Meet at junction of WA Hwy 14 and Hwy 142 in Lyle.).   From The Dalles, cross The Dalles bridge (Hwy 197) and turn west on SR-14 to Lyle). There is a portable toilet at this location


May 3, 2009, Sunday
Hike Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt
Hike Leaders:  Bev Linde, Dave Berger, and Barbara Robinson (Held jointly with Friends of the Gorge)
8 miles, rocky in places.
This very scenic route along exciting stretches of the Nationally Designated Wild & Scenic Klickitat River.  This will be at wildflower peak, with yellow balsam root, purple lupine, and much more.  Barbara will be available to take the plant folks on a slower and shorter hike, while Bev and Dave will lead the hike all the way to Pitt. 

Native Plant Appreciation Week May 3rd - 9th, 2009.  Since 2004, Native Plant Appreciation Week has brought our wonderful natural heritage to the public in a full week of activities.  KTC is proud to participate in the observation of this special week.  Visit the Washington Native Plant Society for more information.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.


May 6, 2009, Wednesday
Hike Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt (Held jointly with Multnomah Athletic Club)
Hike Leaders:  Donna Enz and Dave Berger
8 miles, rocky in places.
This very scenic route moves along exciting stretches of the Nationally Designated Wild & Scenic Klickitat River.  This will be at wildflower peak, with yellow balsam root, purple lupine, and much more. 

Native Plant Appreciation Week May 3rd - 9th, 2009.  Since 2004, Native Plant Appreciation Week has brought our wonderful natural heritage to the public in a full week of activities.  KTC is proud to participate in the observation of this special week.  Visit the Washington Native Plant Society for more information.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.


June 6, 2009, Saturday
National Trails Day
Hike Leaders:  Laura Bales, Cheryl Steindorf, and Laurie Wilhite
Our last hike of the season.  This is a very scenic stretch of the trail that follows the Wild & Scenic Klickitat River the entire way.  Depending on the weather, this will either be a one way 3-mile hike, or a roundtrip 6-mile hike.  Bring lunch and water.  Parts of the trail are rocky so hiking boots or sturdy shoes are advised.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead, or at 10:00 AM at the Pitt Trailhead.


Remember:  Pancake Breakfast in Lyle is always available on the first Saturday of each month at the Lyle Lions Community Center.

If you are planning on attending one of the KTC hikes, or you are in the Lyle area for any other reason, don’t forget breakfast.  The Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast is a popular and very well attended event held the First Saturday of each month, 7:30 – 10:30am, at the Lyle Lions Community Center.  What you get is a choice of eggs and ham or an omelet. Both come with all the pancakes you can eat. Delicious! Coffee and juice included.

There are fewer events than in the Spring since there is not the big draw of wild flower displays.  Now with cooler weather and possible rain, the Trail is once again a good option for your hikes.  Swale Canyon is still not open yet due to Fire Hazard. It will probably open toward the end of September.  Also, the first two miles of the Trail from Lyle to Fisher Hill Bridge will be closed for work on the gravel surface.  This should take until approximately September 15. 


October 3, 2009, Saturday
Geology Auto Tour and Hike
Hike Leader: Jim Denton

Meet at Lyle and drive up the Klickitat River at least as far as Wahkiacus, and possibly to Harms Rd. and Warwick, stopping at points of geological interest along the way. The auto tour will be followed by a 2-4 mile hike either from Wahkiacus to the Klickitat Mineral Springs or on the section of trail between Harms Rd and Warwick.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.

The Lyle Trailhead is located on the west end of Lyle, WA on the corner of SR-14 and SR-142.


October 10, 2009, Saturday
7th Anniversary Hike! 
Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt
Hike Leaders Barbara Robinson, Jim Minick and Donna Enz

Easy to Moderate; 4 or 8 miles, 100-ft. elev. Gain

Come to the Klickitat River Valley, enjoy the fall colors and join Klickitat Trail Conservancy members for their 7th anniversary hike.

This relaxed hike, with little elevation gain, is great for families and hikers who enjoy leisurely outings. This can be a short 4 mile hike or, for those more adventurous, an 8-mile hike from Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt. We will follow the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River on both of these hikes.

Water, lunch and hiking boots advised.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead

The Lyle Trailhead is located on the west end of Lyle, WA on the corner of SR-14 and SR-142. Look for the Klickitat Trail sign.


October 17, 2009, Saturday
Bike Maintenance Basics

10:00 AM until Noon

In this two-hour class learn to evaluate your brakes, gears and wheels to prevent mechanical problems on the road. Bring your bikes, tools, and portable repair stands if you have them. We'll make adjustments to brakes and gears that would be appropriate before or during a ride.

Fee: $10 per person includes instruction and handouts
Class size limit: 10 people
Instructor: Portia Masterson, retired bicycle retailer and professional bike mechanic with 25 years experience.

To register, call Portia Masterson at 509-281-0631, or email her.

Meeting Place: 10AM - Old Mill Building

Old Mill Building is in the town of Klickitat, on the east side of Hwy. 142, just past Huntingtons Bar and Grill on the north end of town.


October 24, 2009, Saturday
Swale Canyon Bike Ride -- White Salmon Enterprise Article
Bike leaders: Donna Enz and Jim Denton

Moderate/Strenuous: 12 to 15 miles 1,000-ft. elev. LOSS. Pace of the ride will be moderate.

Come with us and be prepared to be amazed, enjoy the ride and refresh your soul in the cool fall air. We will ride from the high prairie of the Goldendale plateau down to the Klickitat River. Experience fall colors as we follow Swale Creek through the oak, pine and Douglas fir riparian habitats. The trail surface varies from small gravel to large gravel, packed soil and some obstacles to walk around. It also includes a couple of short trestle crossings.

Helmets, a spare tube and front suspension required.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead

Please email Donna Enz if you plan to participate so that appropriate shuttle arrangements can be made in advance.


The Lyle Trailhead is located on the west end of Lyle, WA on the corner of SR-14 and SR-142. Look for the Klickitat Trail sign.


Fun Events and Activities of 2008


January 5, 2008, Saturday

Eagle Spotting at Balfour
Hike Leader:  Wildlife Biologist Cathy Flick
Experience an educational winter field outing for eagles at Balfour-Klickitat Day Use Park in Lyle.  Cathy Flick will bring a spotting scope, give a life-history overview, and introduce you to specific year-round pairs in the area.  Balfour-Klickitat has a paved trail, suitable for wheelchair access.  Part of the outing will involve a short walk in a grassy area.  Bring binoculars and dress warmly.  There are toilet facilities at the Park.

Meeting Place: 10:00 AM at Klickitat-Balfour Day Use Park.  Access from SR-14, heading east, just before the Klickitat River turn left (north) onto Old Hwy. 8.  Follow for approximately 1/4 mile to the parking lot on the east side of the road. 


Eagle Spotting at Balfour/Klickitat Park, January 5, 2008, by Donna Enz 

From Balfour/Klickitat park or the Klickitat Trail eagle viewing is a must in January.  So with typical January weather in the forecast we were armed with umbrellas and rain parkas. Just in time the skies parted and the weather cooperated. Our eager group was armed with binoculars and spotting scopes and all eyes were focused. The eagles did not disappoint. We counted 20 or more at the mouth of the Klickitat River, another 20 or more soaring above the cove.  Eight in this tree, four in another. On and on the counting continued. The eagles were everywhere.  In addition we saw a flock of turkeys and a deer right behind us. Salmon were making there way up the small tributary that leads into the pond area. And we learned many new and interesting facts. How long do eagles live?  How many feathers does an eagle have?  How heavy is an eagles nest?  We also learned there will be changes to the viewing areas. To prevent disturbing the eagles the Forest Service has decided to make the cove area off limits until the end of March. They are also in the process of creating blinds for birders to use which will be “bird friendly”.  Cathy Flick gave 22 of us a memorable and informative morning.  Yes, Cathy, “birds rule”!  We will be back.

March 15, 2008, Saturday
Wildflower Hike (Held jointly with Friends of the Gorge)
Hike Leader:  Barbara Robinson
Length about 6 miles.  Altitude gain 200 ft.  Wildflower expert Barbara Robinson will lead the first part of this wildflower hike at Catherine Creek.  The second part of the hike will  move to the Klickitat Trail between Lyle and Fsher Hill Bridge.  The surfaces on both these hikes is gentle.

Meeting Place: 10:00 AM at Catherine Creek Trailhead on Old Hwy. 8 west of Lyle. From Hood River Bridge, take SR-14 east 5.8 miles to Old Hwy 8, turn left, and continue 1 mile to the Trailhead.

March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday
Upper Swale Canyon (Held jointly with Friends of the Gorge)
Hike Leaders:  Donna Enz and Sara Wu
Moderate:  7 miles round trip, 300-ft. elev. gain.  This is a moderately paced early wildflower hike along Swale Creek in the eastern Gorge.  Look for desert parsleys and rare buttercups on this occasionally rocky trail.  If the weather is bad or Spring is late, we may switch to a lower elevation hike.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.  Actual start of hike is 15 miles north of meeting place at the Harms Road Trailhead.  We will carpool.
March 30, 2008, Sunday, 9:00 A.M.
Work Party:  Pitt to Fisher Hill Bridge
Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead at 9:00 AM, right across SR14 from the former Coltland Realty building on the west end of Lyle, Washington.

The latest weather report shows highs around 50 and a 20% chance of showers. Plans are to start at Pitt and work down stream to Fisher Hill Bridge, but if the weather looks threatening we can alter our plans and do a short in and out from Pitt or maybe head up to Wahkiacus and work on that section as it is much shorter. Everyone should bring suitable clothing for the season.  The weather can go from sun to hail or snow in a matter of seconds.

We will walk the trail from Pitt to Fisher Hill Bridge assessing its condition and doing pruning, rock rolling, and other minor work along the way. Jim has specifically chosen a "weekend" work party in the hopes of seeing a few new happy faces, hopefully we will get some. Bring loppers and gloves, if you have them.

Questions?  Call Jim Denton at 541-354-1604.

April 12, 2008, Saturday
Klickitat Trail Bike Ride (Held jointly with Friends of the Gorge)
Bike Leaders:  Bob Hansen and Donna Enz
Moderate/Strenuous:  13-31 miles (your choice), 1,000-ft. elev. LOSS.  Ride from the high prairie of the Goldendale plateau down to the Columbia River with Klickitat Trail Conservancy's first president Bob Hansen.  Experience oak, pine and Douglas fir riparian habitats.  Helmets, a spare tube and front suspension required; rear suspension recommended, and fenders worthy of your consideration.

Please contact Bob Hansen at 509-637-2736, or by email at bobhansen@gorge.net if you plan to participate so that appropriate shuttle arrangements can be made in advance.  $10 shuttle fee.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.
April 12, 2008, Saturday
Hike Wahkiacus to Suburbia (5 miles round trip or 2 miles if the weather is bad) and Catherine Creek (1-1/2 miles) (Held jointly with Trails Club of Oregon)
Hike Leaders:  Barbara Robinson and Susan Saul
Wildflower expert Barbara Robinson and Trails Club of Oregon President Susan Saul will take you along the Klickitat River in the first part of this joint hike with the Trails Club of Oregon.  This is a lovely and historically interesting stretch of the Klickitat Trail, which in one mile gets us to an old Dry Ice Plant and mineral springs.  If the weather permits, we'll continue south along the river to the washed-out Suburbia trestle.  For the second part of the hike, we will move to Catherine Creek, one of the premier wildflower viewing areas in the Gorge.  This hike is timed for the peak of the camas bloom.

Meeting Place: 9:15 AM at the Klickitat Railroad Park in Klickitat.. 
April 20, 2008, Sunday
Hike Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt (Held jointly with Friends of the Gorge)
Hike Leaders:  Bev Linde and Dave Berger
8 miles, rocky in places.  This very scenic route along exciting stretches of the Wild & Scenic Klickitat River.  This will be at wildflower peak, with yellow balsam root, purple lupine, and much more.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.
April 27, 2008, Sunday
Swale Canyon
Hike Leaders:  Jim Denton and Bev Linde
13 miles, heavy railroad gravel in sections.  There is no access to this section of trail except at the beginning and end, so come prepared.  About 6-1/2 hours.  This is a one-way hike through remote and beautiful Swale Canyon.  Early flowers should be at peak.  Experience miles of yellow, fragrant desert parsley in full bloom.  The trail is railroad ballast in places, so wear sturdy boots.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.  This hike will involve a car shuttle on gravel roads.
May 15, 2008, Thursday
Fisher Hill to Pitt (Held jointly with Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation)
Hike Leaders:  Donna Enz and Susan Saul
8 miles, rocky in places.  Hike along this Wild & Scenic designated section of the Klickitat River and see Native American dip net fishing at the "Narrows" section of the river.  May is an excellent time for wildflowers.  This is a one-way hike.  We will car shuttle back to parking area.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead. 
May 24, 2008, Saturday
Swale Canyon
Hike Leaders:  Jim Denton and Pam Essley
13 miles, heavy rail ballast in sections.  Moderate pace.  About 6-1/2 hours.  If you missed the April hike, here's your second chance to hike beautiful and remote Swale Canyon before it closes for fire season (usually around mid-June).  We do a car shuttle (involving gravel roads) so that we can hike one way.  Remember, there is no way out except the beginning and end, so be in shape and come prepared.  Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, food, and a hat.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead. 
Laura Bales, Cheryl Steindorf, and Laurie Wilhite
Our last hike of the season.  This is a very scenic stretch of the trail that follows the Wild & Scenic Klickitat River the entire way.  Depending on the weather, this will either be a one way 3-mile hike, or a roundtrip 6-mile hike.  Bring lunch and water.  Parts of the trail are rocky so hiking boots or sturdy shoes are advised.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead, or at 10:00 AM at the Pitt Trailhead.
 

October 11, 2008, Saturday
Two Hikes and KTC's 6th Anniversary Celebration!
Hike Leaders:  Hike Leaders: Barbara Robinson, Mike Paruszkiewicz, Dave Berger
(Hikes held jointly with Friends of the Columbia Gorge)

Come to the Klickitat River Valley, enjoy the fall colors and join KTC members for our 6th anniversary hike. This can be two short, easy trail segments totaling 4 miles, one near Lyle and the other near Klickitat.  Or, for those more adventurous, we will do an 8-mile hike from Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt.

We will follow the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River on both of these hikes. You can choose which hike you want to do when we meet at the Lyle Trailhead. Water, lunch and hiking boots advised. Afterward the hike, join us for our annual anniversary celebration in the town of Klickitat.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.


October 18, 2008, Saturday:  CANCELLED
Swale Canyon Bike Ride
Bike Leaders:  Donna Enz and Mike Paruszkiewicz


The bike ride in Swale is cancelled because there in no bike access to Swale.  Even using an alternative route, the logistics of getting bikes in are just too challenging. Below is Bike Leader Donna Enz's announcement.

"A bridge and road repair crew is working at Harms Rd. The Harms Road Trailhead, as well as road access from both directions on Harms Road, will be closed at least into December. This also prohibits trail traffic from crossing Harms Road at this site. This conflicts with the bike ride scheduled for the 18th which must be canceled. And, although the canyon is now open, users should know that they cannot access the trail, or continue on the trail at that end. Sorry if you had planned to ride that day. We will schedule it for this Spring.


October 18, 2008, Saturday
Swale Canyon Hike
Hike Leaders:  Barbara Robinson

This is a 6 mile-round trip hike in the upper part of Swale through the transition from open prairie to oak/pine woodlands.  Be sure to bring a snack and water. Parts of the trail are rocky so hiking boots are advised.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.


October 26, 2008, Sunday
Hike Pitt to Klickitat
Hike Leaders:  Cheryl Steindorf, Donna Enz, and Laura Bales


This part of the trail follows the Klickitat River the entire way. Come and enjoy the fall colors. Depending on the weather, this will either be a one-way 3-mile hike or roundtrip 6-mile hike. Bring a snack and water. Parts of the trail are rocky so hiking boots are advised. Meeting Place: 1:00

Meeting Place: 1:00 PM at the Lyle Trailhead, or 1:30 PM at Pitt.


November 8, 2008, Saturday
Bike Maintenance Basics

In this two-hour class learn to evaluate your brakes, gears and wheels to prevent mechanical problems on the road. Bring your bike and tools. We'll make adjustments to brakes and gears that would be appropriate before or during a ride.

Fee: $10 per person includes instruction and handouts
Class size limit: 10 people
Instructor: Portia Masterson, retired bicycle retailer and professional bike mechanic with 25 years experience.
To register call Laura Bales at 509-369-3652 or email her at lbales@.esd112.wednet.edu.

Meeting Place: 10:00 AM - Old Mill Building in the town of Klickitat, on Hwy. 142, just past Huntington's Bar & Grill.



Fun Events and Activities of 2008

February 18, 2007,  Sunday
Planting trees in the washout area below Pitt
According to Jim Denton, Works Chairperson:  "Everything should be a go for doing plantings at the washout two miles below Pitt this coming Sunday, February 18th. We will be planting trees and forbs in order to hopefully slow the rail bank erosion that is occurring in the area.  Trail volunteers will need to bring gloves and wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions. The long term weather forecast is showing highs of 50-55°F with a slight chance of rain."

Bring shovels, digging bars, and picks. Everyone should bring gloves and sturdy warm clothing. Also bring water and a lunch. Jim will try to post an update Friday on the email listserv that will include a weather report.

Meeting Place: Main parking area at Pitt, across from Harold's house at 9:00 AM.

Questions?  Call Jim Denton at 541-354-1604.

March 10, 2007, Saturday
Old Dry Ice Plant and Mineral Springs Hike, 2-5 miles
Hike Leaders:   Cheryl Steindorf and Pam Essley

This is a lovely and historically interesting stretch of trail which in a mile gets us to an old Dry Ice Plant and mineral springs. If the weather permits, we’ll continue south along the river to the Suburbia trestle. Five miles round trip (or 2 miles if the weather is bad). Parts of the trail are quite rocky, so wear good boots.

Meeting Place: Meet in downtown Klickitat, 13 miles north of Lyle on Hwy 142, at 10:00am. In Klickitat, go north past a brick building and a closed food market on the left, and park on the left just after the food market. (You will see a gas station a little north of the parking area on the right.)

March 25, 2007, Sunday
Upper Swale Canyon Hike, 7 miles

Hike Leaders:  Donna Enz and Pam Essley

Moderate: 7 miles round trip, 300-ft. elev. gain

This is a moderately paced early wildflower hike along Swale Creek in the eastern Gorge. Look for desert parsleys and rare buttercups on this occasionally rocky trail. If the weather is bad or the spring is late, we may switch to a lower elevation hike.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at Lyle Trailhead (Take WA Hwy 14 east from Hood River Bridge; turn right and continue east on WA SR-14. After crossing the Klickitat bridge in Lyle, park on north side of road across from Greg Colt Realty. Actual start of hike is 15 miles north of second meeting place. We will carpool to it.

April 1, 2007, Sunday
Swale Canyon Bike Ride, jointly with Friends of the Gorge

Leader:  Bob Hansen

Mod/Strenuous: 8-31 miles (your choice), 1,000-ft. elev. LOSS

Ride from the high prairie of the Goldendale plateau down to the Columbia River with Klickitat Trail Conservancy’s first president Bob Hansen, through oak, pine and Douglas fir riparian habitats. Helmets, a spare tube and front suspension required; rear suspension recommended, and fenders worthy of your consideration.  Please contact Bob Hansen at 509-637-2736, or by e-mail at bobhansen@gorge.net, if you plan to participate so that appropriate shuttle arrangements can be made in advance.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead (Take I-84 East to Hood River Bridge, cross bridge and continue east on WA Hwy 14, to Lyle. Meet at junction of WA Hwy 14 and Hwy 142 in Lyle. $10 shuttle fee).

April 1, 2007, Sunday
Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt Hike, 8 miles

Leaders:  Bev Linde and Laurie Wilhite

Moderate: 8 miles, 100-ft. elev. gain

This is a beautiful hike along the wild Klickitat River, with excellent flowers and birding.. Yellow and purple parsleys line the canyon walls along this fairly level old rail-bed trail.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead (Take WA SR-14 east from Hood River Bridge and continue to Lyle. Meet where WA Hwy 14 intersects Hwy 142 in Lyle).

April 7, 2007, Saturday
Birding Walk, starting at Harms Rd. and going east toward Warwick

Leader:  Stuart Johnston

This is a hike for serious (or would-be serious) birders. Expect to stand still looking and listening as much as walking. Bring warm cloths and binoculars. We’re hoping to see Long-billed Curlews and hear Vesper Sparrows, as well as much more.

First Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead (Junction of Hwy 14 and 142) at 7:00 am

Second Meeting Place: Harms Rd. Trailhead at 7:30am at the Harms Rd trailhead. (Take the Lyle-Centerville Hwy. 15 miles, left on Harms Rd. ½ mile, Park just north of bridge.

April 15, 2007, Sunday
Swale Canyon, 13 miles

Leaders:  Jim Denton and Pam Essley

Swale Canyon, 13 miles, heavy railroad gravel in sections. There is no access to this section of trail except at the beginning and end, so come prepared. About 6 ½ hours.

This is a one way hike through remote and beautiful Swale Canyon. Early flowers should be at peak. The trail is railroad gravel in places, so wear sturdy boots. This hike will involve a car shuttle on gravel roads.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead (Junction of Hwy. 14 and 142) at 9:00 AM

April 28, 2007, Saturday
Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt Hike, 8 miles

Leaders:  Jim Minick and Cheryl Steindorf

Click here to see photos of this hike.

This very scenic route along exciting stretches of the Klickitat River will be at wildflower peak, with yellow balsam root, purple lupine, and much more.  Rocky in places, so wear good shoes.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead (Junction of Hwy 14 and 142) at 9:30 AM

May 5, 2007, Saturday
Swale Canyon Wildflower Hike, 6 miles

Leaders:  Donna Enz and Pam Essley

This will be a very easygoing educational hike along Swale Creek, focusing on wildflowers and the ecology of the area. If the flowers are better elsewhere another trail location may be substituted. (Flower timing is different every year.)  We will be walking about 6 miles round trip.  This hike is rocky in places, so please wear sturdy shoes.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead (Junction of Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 142), 9:30 AM

May 19, 2007, Saturday
Swale Canyon, 13 miles

Leader:  Jim Minick

If you missed the April hike, here’s your second chance to hike beautiful and remote Swale Canyon before it is closed for fire season. (Usually around June 15) We do a car shuttle (involving gravel roads) so that we can hike one way. Remember, there is no way out except the beginning and end, so be in shape and come prepared.  Heavy rail ballast in sections, so wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.  Approximately 6-1/2 hour hike.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead (Junction of Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 142), 8:30 AM

June 2, 2007, Saturday, National Trails Day
Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt Hike, 8 miles
Leaders:  Jim Denton and Dave Berger

This very scenic hike along the Klickitat will be our last hike for the spring season.  The trail is rocky in places, so wear sturdy shoes.  Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat because it can be quite hot at this time of year.

Note: There is a possibility of bridge work at both the upper and lower ends of the Swale Canyon Hike which may force a change in plans for Swale hiking. Also, we did not schedule hikes on the Lyle to Fisher Hill trail section because (we hope) there will be Spring work on this section to improve the trail surface. Check the KTC website near the time of the hike for updates to the hiking schedule.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead (Junction of Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 142), 8:30 AM (early, to beat the heat).

June 10, 2007, Sunday
Hike and Trash Pick-Up from Pitt to Klickitat, 4 miles

Leaders:  Cheryl Steindorf and Pam Essley

Here's your chance to see some very scenic stretches of the Klickitat River north of Pitt, and help us pick up trash in some areas that are next to the road, creating special litter problems. This hike is flat, but rocky in places. There will be a car shuttle so we can go one way. Bring gloves.

Meeting Place & Time:   9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead, or 9:30 AM at the Pitt Trailhead.

October 6, 2007,  Saturday
5th Year Anniversary Celebration!
Lyle to Fisher Hill Bridge (Held jointly with Friends of the Columbia Gorge)
Hike Leaders:  Jim Minick, Dave Berger, and Barbara Robinson

Click here to see photos of this hike.

Join KTC members for our 5th anniversary hike.  Starting at the Lyle Trailhead and ending at Fisher Hill Bridge, we will follow the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River on this easy 4-mile round trip hike.  This section of the trail has been resurfaced for a smooth and easy walk.  For those more adventurous, the hike will continue to Pitt, which will make it a 10-mile hike.  Water, a snack, and hiking boots advised.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.
October 6, 2007,  Saturday
5th Year Anniversary Trail Bike Ride
Leader:  Bob Hansen
Moderate/Strenuous:  12 to 15 miles, depending on whether you want to stop at Wahkiacus or Klickitat.  1,000 ft. elevation LOSS.

Ride from the high prairie of the Goldendale plateau down to the Klickitat River or the community of Klickitat with KTC's first president, Bob Hansen.  Experience oak, pine, and Douglas fir riparian habitats.  Helmets, spare tube, and front suspension required.

Contact Bob Hansen at 509-637-2736, or email at bobhansen@gorge.net if you plan to participate so that appropriate shuttle arrangements can be made in advance.

Meeting Place: 9:00 AM at the Lyle Trailhead ($10 shuttle fee).

October 13, 2007, Saturday
Wahkiacus to Suburbia
Hike Leaders:  Barbara Robinson & Pam Essley
5 Miles round trip (or 2 miles if the weather is bad)

Click here to see photos of this hike.

This is a lovely and historically interesting stretch of trail which in one mile gets us to an old dry ice plant and mineral springs.  If the weather permits, we'll continue south along the river to the Suburbia trestle.  Bring water and a snack.  Parts of the trail are quite rocky, so wear good boots.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM at the Lyle Trailhead.
October 28, 2007,  Sunday
Pitt to Klickitat
Hike Leaders:  Cheryl Steindorf, Laura Bales & Laurie Wilhite

This part of the trail follows the Klickitat River the entire way.  Come and enjoy the fall colors.  Depending on the weather, this will either be a one-way 3-mile hike or a roundtrip 6-mile hike. Bring lunch and water.  Parts of the trail are rocky, so hiking boots are advised.

Meeting Place: 9:30 AM the Lyle Trailhead, or 10:00 AM at Pitt.
 
 



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