13 miles
683 ft
-368 ft
460 ft
High Point
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Klickitat Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Klickitat, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Rail Trail
  • Bike Type
    XC, Fat, CX
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking

The Klickitat Trail, a non-motorized multiple use trail, follows the first 31 miles of an old railroad corridor that once linked the towns of Lyle and Goldendale. It is unique among rail trails. Nowhere else is there a rail trail that starts in one of the nation’s only National Scenic Areas, winds along a nationally designated Wild & Scenic River, and finishes by going through a remote, beautiful tributary canyon.
The gently graded trail starts at a trailhead with lovely river views in Lyle, Washington, at the confluence of the Klickitat and Columbia Rivers, follows the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Klickitat River 13 miles through oaks and pines to the old mill town of Klickitat, and then after a few more miles at the Wahkiacus trailhead, turns up Swale Creek and into the remote and beautiful Swale Canyon, ending in the high, open ranch country of the Goldendale Plateau.

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More Stats for Klickitat Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    314 ft
  • Altitude min
    134 ft
  • Altitude start
    140 ft
  • Altitude end
    454 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,957 ft
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Klickitat Trail Trail Reports

Oct 21, 2018 @ 3:08pm
Oct 21, 2018
Nice flat trail, great scenery and good for beginners.
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Sep 11, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Sep 11, 2018
Klickitat Trail, My City
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Sep 11, 2018 @ 6:59pm
Sep 11, 2018
Klickitat Trail, My City

1 Review & Comments

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flag Tgg92399 (Sep 11, 2018 at 19:04)
 Easy grade but rocky, the kind maybe left over from when it was a RR bed make a hardtail a bad choice. Even a FS bike will make you pay attention and miss the great views.

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