Klickitat Rail Trail - Klickitat River — Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011
Great news! Washington State Parks has completed decking of the high trestle over the Klickitat River and it is now open to use by hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. This trestle is a vital link on the Klickitat Rail Trail, which starts in Lyle, Washington, on the Columbia River and climbs to the Goldendale Plateau in 31 miles. We hiked from the trailhead in Lyle to the high trestle at about mile 1.5. This is a premier time to visit. Highlights included salmon viewing, eagle watching, and seeing California quail and wild turkeys next to the trail. Salmon currently are spawning in the lower Klickitat River so the bald eagles are back in large numbers. We saw both adult and immature eagles flying overhead, perched in trees and loafing on the sandbar at the mouth of the river where it enters the Columbia River. The wind was cold, but we hiked in sun as is typical for the eastern Columbia River Gorge.