Klickitat Trail Swale Canyon Hike

Hike Distance: 7.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 235 feet

This was perhaps one of the worst drives to a TH we have ever had.  The Columbia River Gorge had torrential downpour during most of the drive and visibility was poor.  Thankfully, the drive home was much better. 🙂   As we drove out to the TH we noticed that the Klickitat River was flowing swiftly and violently.  I wouldn’t want to be out on the river in a boat today.

We started the hike with cloudy conditions and a bit of light rain.  Towards the middle of the hike the clouds thinned and the blue sky broke out.  It also turned warmer, but we were cooled down by a breeze that stirred up the air in this canyon.  There was still a bit of snow on the ground from this harsh winter.  We saw no people on the trail the entire day, and it was a great day to be out hiking!


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