Klickitat State Park Trail

The gently graded 31-mile Klickitat Trail runs between the town of Lyle on the Columbia River and Uecker Road near Centerville. The trail winds its way through carved gorges, unique geological formations, rolling hills and oak and Ponderosa pine woodlands.

Beginning just west of Lyle, the trail follows the Klickitat River northward through the town of Klickitat, then east to Wahkiacus. From there, the trail meanders southeast through Swale Canyon to Uecker Road on the Goldendale plateau. 

Klickitat State Park Trail offers day-use opportunities for a wide variety of non-motorized recreation uses including hiking, biking, horse riding and appreciation of local natural and cultural resources. 

The 13-mile Klickitat River Segment—from Lyle to Klickitat—is co-managed by State Parks, US Forest Service and the Klickitat Trail Conservancy. State Parks manages the 18-mile segment from Klickitat to Uecker Road.  

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The Klickitat Trail is accessible by the following five official trailheads:

Lyle (State Road 14)
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ark across SR14 from Greg Colt Realty. Turn north on SR142 on the east side of the Klickitat River at the west end of town. The trailhead is on the left. From the trailhead, proceed north parallel to SR142. At 0.9 miles north of Lyle, the trail provides access to a public park. 

Pitt
Park across the street from the row of houses adjacent to this access. Going west, pass through or around the double gates to get to the trail. Going northeast, simply walk the gravel road base just south of the highway for 100 yards until the trail curves left under the cliff.

Klickitat
The community park abuts the trail one block south and across SR142 from the gas station. The trailhead is the location of the former railroad station in town. Going south from here is the preferred option. The trail  north is in poor condition.

Wahkiacus
This trailhead is the lower entrance to Swale Canyon. Approximately 3 miles north of Klickitat, along SR142, turn right and take the Horseshoe Bend Road, and cross the Klickitat River bridge. Follow the road a few hundred yards east until it intersects with Schilling Road. Turn right onto Schilling Road—the parking area is on the immediate right. A portable toilet is located in the parking area. Going west toward Klickitat is a pretty 3-mile mile hike along the river with no houses or roads. Visitors will then encounter the washed-out trestle and will need to return the same way they came. Bicyclists passing through from Swale Canyon should turn north at this parking lot, proceed a few yards to Horseshoe Bend Road, turn left and cross the bridge over the Klickitat River. Then turn left again onto paved SR142 and reconnect with the trail 3 miles later in the town of Klickitat. Going east from Wahkiacus, the route is scenic and very easy walking. A very pleasant in-and-out walk is a great option here. It is the lower entrance to Swale Canyon.

Harms Road
Get on the Centerville Highway from Lyle by turning north on Glenwood Avenue between the gas station and cafe ½ mile east of the Klickitat River Bridge. Travel approximately 15 miles northeast from Lyle. Look on the left for Harms Road. This gravel county road heads north and is signed. Go north for ½ mile, cross the Swale Creek Bridge and park on the shoulder of the county road. Going west from here leads to the beautiful Swale Canyon. Due to its remoteness and lack of communication services, it is not recommended to travel this section of trail alone. Cell phones do not work in this area. Going east from here is pleasant and only 2 miles before the end of the Trail at Uecker Road. The public toilet here is available from Oct. 2 – June 30.