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Weldon Wagon Road

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA
45.8031, -121.4691 Map & Directions
Length
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1290 feet
Highest Point
1900 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids

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Oregon white oak woodlands with open ridgetop meadows, wildflowers, and views of the White Salmon Valley make this a delightful hike that is off the beaten track. Continue reading

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Hiking Weldon Wagon Road

Oregon white oak woodlands with open ridgetop meadows, wildflowers, and views of the White Salmon Valley make this a delightful hike that is off the beaten track.

The trail is on an abandoned county road that was built in the early 1900s so settlers on the heights above the White Salmon valley could get their produce to market. Apples were the prime product. It is named for one of the road builders, Elwin Weldon.

The hike begins by walking around a sturdy metal gate on a gravel logging road, stopping to use the boot brush enroute. Walk about 0.2 mile up the road to a sign on a tree on the right where the Weldon Wagon Road Trail takes off. 

The trail ascends the ridge through mixed fir-pine-oak forest on a Klickitat County right-of-way across private property, so stay on the trail and respect the private owners' rights. Another reason to stay on the trail is the abundant poison oak that grows to the very edge of the trail tread.

At about .7 mile, the forest begins to give way to meadows as the trail narrows to a wide foot-path climbing higher and higher up the ridge. Views grow wider, too, as the trail enters sunny slopes blooming with wildflowers in April and May.

The grade steepens as oak trees are left behind and Mount Hood comes into view. At 1.8 miles, the trail enters the White Salmon Oak Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. The twisting and curvy oaks are like a sculpture garden and the broad sloping meadows are beautiful in springtime.

At 2.2 miles, the trail switchbacks up into oak forest. This is a good turnaround point if you came for the views. The trail continues through forest, skirting private property with No Trespassing signs and houses visible through the trees. At 2.5 miles, the trail crests the ridge, leaves the NRCA, and descends to the upper trailhead at Sanborn Road at 2.7 miles. A collection of rusting old farm equipment forms a mini outdoor museum next to the trail.

WTA Pro Tip: This trail may not be good for those with fear of exposure where it crosses the open slopes.

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Hike Description Written by
Susan Saul, WTA Correspondent

Weldon Wagon Road

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 45.8031, -121.4691 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Hood River, cross the Columbia River and turn left on Hwy 14. Go 1.6 miles and turn right onto State Route 141A just before the bridge over the White Salmon River. Head north for about 2.2 miles then turn left to continue north on Hwy State Route 141. Go 3.8 miles to the town of Husum and turn right onto Indian Creek Road. The turnoff is just before the bridge over Rattlesnake Creek. Follow this gravel road for .6 miles, then go left on Indian Cemetery Road and continue .4 miles further. Look for the unmarked parking area on the left across from a gated gravel road. A small sign in a tree points to the Weldon Wagon Trail up the gated road.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge. Craig Romano. The Mountaineer Press

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