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Vancouver, WA: Klickitat Trail (Warwick to Swale Canyon)

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Distance: 5.1 miles


This 10.2-mile out-and-back explores a section of the Klickitat Trail, a scenic rail-trail that winds through rolling rangeland and colorful river canyons.
  • Mountain Views
  • Starting Line
  • RR Crossing
  • Swale Creek
  • Swale Canyon
  • RR Crossing
  • Canyon Color
  • Rainbow Rock
  • Swale Creek
  • Bedrock Pools

Connecting the small towns of Lyle and Warwick, the 31-mile Klickitat Trail traces an abandoned railroad corridor through scenic river canyons just north of the Columbia River Gorge. Sample a section of the picturesque trail on this 10.2-mile out-and-back that starts just west of Warwick and leads to a creekside lunch spot overlooking slickrock chutes and pools. From the trailhead on Centerville Road, hike west past the rolling hills and rangeland of Klickitat Valley; the glacier-covered slopes of Mount Adams rise in the distant northwest.

Near mile 2, the route starts its descent into Swale Canyon, a remote gorge punctuated with volcanic rock outcroppings and vibrant Columbia desert parsley. Cross three railroad trestles in the next one and a half miles and continue heading west. After 4.5 miles, the route swings to the north for the final 0.6 mile to a waterfront lunch spot along Swale Creek. Savor views of the creek's chutes, waterfalls, and small pools before turning around and heading back to the trailhead.

Note: The Swale Canyon portion of the trail is closed when the Department of Natural Resource rates the fire danger in Klickitat County as "High".

Info: Klickitat Trail Conservancy

-Mapped by Eli Boschetto, Bosco Mountain Photo

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