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