Increased visitation puts increased pressure on the Gorge’s limited resources. If you’re planning a trip to the Gorge region, please help keep our communities safe by following CDC and local health guidelines and respecting the requests of individual businesses. Please plan before you go and always have a Plan B in case your destination is too crowded or closed. When recreating on trails, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other hikers and bikers.
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On the Trail
This 3.2-mile, out-and-back hike is nearly flat as it travels the lowest reaches of the 31-mile Klickitat Trail, a former rail right-of-way. From Lyle, this stretch of trail runs north along the Klickitat River up an increasingly scenic section of river. The hike turns around at Fisher Bridge, which spans the canyon at a traditional Native American fishing site. In autumn, Native fishers use long dip nets to fish for salmon from atop temporary wooden scaffolds.
Permits & Pets
The trail is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. No passes or permits are required. Dogs must be on leash on this stretch (and the entire Klickitat Trail).
- Walk the trail to the bridge. Along the way, a side road to the left leads to undeveloped Klickitat County Park on the river. Other, unimproved trails made by fishers can be explored, but some are steep and hazardous.
- Please always stay on the trail and clean your boots before and after you hike. Hikers are a common vector for spreading invasive seeds.
- Restrooms are at the trailhead.
- Learn about the Klickitat Trail history at the Klickitat Trail Conservancy.
Combine this hike with a visit to the other side of the river at the Balfour-Klickitat Day Use Area and Trail across from the Lyle trailhead. Afterward, play a game of pool in Lyle, or eat in an old railroad hotel or at a classic corner grill.
Other Hikes at or Near This Trailhead
From SR 14 and the Hood River Bridge (tolls are required on the bridge), drive east on SR 14 for 10.8 miles, then turn left onto Highway 142. Drive 400 feet and turn left into the parking area for the Lyle trailhead for the Klickitat Trail. Restrooms are at the trailhead.