Directions: Take I-84 East to Hood River exit 64 (marked for White Salmon) and cross the Hood River Bridge ($2 toll). After crossing the bridge take a right onto Highway 14 and drive for about 11 miles. After crossing the Klickitat River take an immediate left onto Highway 142, drive until you see the Fisher Hill Bridge trailhead. There are two parking areas, one on Highway 142 and the other down the little road next to the bridge.
The Klickitat Trail is 13 miles one way and it’s often done in sections. This post will be from the Fisher Hill Bridge Trailhead to mile marker 6.
From the trailhead get on the main trail and walk for about a quarter mile as you pass a building on the right and come to mile marker 2. The trail is much more rocky than the first section and is closer to the river too, as you get out of the gorge area of the Klickitat.
You will cross a few small streams and small slide areas with a sheer cliff to your left. The trail turns to boardwalk in one spot, and you’ll pass a big slide area as you come to an area with Ponderosa Pine that opens up to a grassy field to your left.
From here it’s a short distance to mile post six and the end of this section of the hike. This isn’t the most interesting section but it’s still scenic. You are always surrounded by mountains and right next to the river. But you are seeing a lot of the same thing which can make for an even longer 8 miles. The trail wasn’t too busy but this section had more mountain bikers.
Distance: 8 miles (moderate)
Elevation: 200 feet (easy)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages just be aware of the distance
Parking Fee: None
Seasons: Fall through early summer. This trail usually shuts down in mid to late summer due to high fire danger.
Warnings: Ticks. We picked up a tick while we were out here, see our post on ticks to learn more.