Primarily and historically a mountain biker’s playground, Coyote Wall is quickly gaining popularity with hikers, and for good reason - the setting is spectacular! The hike on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, across from Mosier, Oregon, will most likely be cloud-free since it lies just to the east side of the Cascades. And because the trail meanders its way through wind-swept golden fields and along the Coyote Wall Cliff/Ridge, every step of the way provides unobstructed vistas of Mount Hood, Mount Defiance, and the entire eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge. If you visit in late May or early June, you’ll enjoy a radical variety of wildflowers in bloom, including forktooth ookow, red sorrel, parsley desert buckwheat, bachelor’s button, Pacific manroot, and bugloss fiddleneck.
Note that the entire hillside, from Coyote Wall to Catherine Creek, has a network of trails and old maintenance roads. When considering which path to take, rest assured that there is truly no wrong series of trails to explore. We make a recommendation on our map, however, as long as you're heading up hill and don’t veer too far to the east, you’ll be just fine.
If you're venturing to this grassy ridge in the midst of the summer heat, enjoy a sweet reprieve and cool off at the nearby swimming hole, Rowland Lake. To get there, just travel 1 mile east on Highway 14 and turn left onto Lyle White Salmon Road.