From Lyle to Warwick, the Klickitat Trail totals 31 miles, of which 11 miles are part of the nationally designated Wild & Scenic Klickitat River. Note that in the town of Klickitat, there is a break in the trail where it meets the Klickitat River, so the trail’s two sections are disconnected and must be experienced separately.
The trail's western section, from Lyle to Klickitat, is 13.3 miles. In Klickitat, this portion ends at J. Neils Road near the intersection of State Route 142.
The trail picks up again east of town on the south side of the Klickitat River near State Route 142 and Company Road. It continues south and east along an old rail corridor to the Goldendale Plateau, 17.7 miles farther.
The scenery is spectacular: stunning river views and carved canyons, columnar basalt cliffs, forested mountains and wildflowers. It's a great place to spot birds, too. Bald eagles winter along the river near Lyle.
There are plans to pave the trail to make it wheelchair accessible from Lyle to Fisher Hill Bridge and within the town of Klickitat. Note: horses are currently not allowed along the trail, although plans are being sought to permit them in the future.
There are several access points and places to park along the Klickitat Trail. For maps and directions, visit the Klickitat Trail Conservancy.