Klickitat Rail Trail and Labyrinth Trail

The start of the Klickitat Rail Trail

On April 9th, Paul Dutky, Isaac Sun and myself drove down to the Gorge to do a short hike and a bike ride the next day. We met up with fellow PWC club member Kevin Koski at the Labyrinth Trailhead and hiked a short 4 or 5 mile loop before heading to camp. The next day (April 10th) we got up and Kevin was gracious enough to provide a shuttle service for us so we could ride our bikes back to the car. The rail trail was really fun and we were the only people in the Swale Canyon portion of the trip. The Klickitat Canyon Portion of the trail was scenic but I preferred the Swale Canyon area better because it was smoother and the downhill grade was slightly steeper requiring less pedaling. The Klickitat portion was very rough and took a lot of work to get through. All in all we had a great time and I highly recommend riding this trail some time. Mileage was a little over 28 miles on dirt mostly and about 1500 feet elevation loss.

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Dersert Parsley
Dersert Parsley
Overlooking the Columbia River on the Labyrinth Trail
Overlooking the Columbia River on the Labyrinth Trail
Overlooking the Columbia River on the Labyrinth Trail
Overlooking the Columbia River on the Labyrinth Trail
Grass Widows
Grass Widows
Enjoying Camp Life
Enjoying Camp Life
Kevin overlooking the Klickitat River
Kevin overlooking the Klickitat River
Paul overlooking the Klickitat River
Paul overlooking the Klickitat River
Overlooking the Klickitat River
Overlooking the Klickitat River
An old trestle bridge at the beginning of the Klickitat Canyon trail.
An old trestle bridge at the beginning of the Klickitat Canyon trail.
The Harms Road trailhead on the Klickitat Canyon Rail Trail
The Harms Road trailhead on the Klickitat Canyon Rail Trail
Crossing an old trestle bridge at the beginning of the Klickitat Canyon trail.
Crossing an old trestle bridge at the beginning of the Klickitat Canyon trail.
Taking a break in Swale Canyon
Taking a break in Swale Canyon
A trestle in Swale Canyon
A trestle in Swale Canyon
Half way finished - Swale Canyon behind, Klickitat Canyon to go.
Half way finished - Swale Canyon behind, Klickitat Canyon to go.
Desert Parsley
Desert Parsley
Silhouette of an oak in Klickitat Canyon
Silhouette of an oak in Klickitat Canyon
Final trestle crossing on Klickitat trail before getting to Lyle
Final trestle crossing on Klickitat trail before getting to Lyle
Klickitat River
Klickitat River
Final trestle crossing on Klickitat trail before getting to Lyle
Final trestle crossing on Klickitat trail before getting to Lyle
A wild turkey spotted at the Lyle trailhead
A wild turkey spotted at the Lyle trailhead

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2 thoughts on “Klickitat Rail Trail and Labyrinth Trail

  • April 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm
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    Beautiful!! I need to get down and check out the lower portion of the Klickitat trail. The Labyrinth trail is pretty cool too. We visited there last year.

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    • April 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm
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      That part of the Gorge is one of my favorite places to visit, especially in the spring time.

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