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Coyote Wall Hiking Trail

Columbia River Gorge, Washington

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  • View of Coyote Wall from Mosier, Oregon.- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • Old road leading to the trailhead.- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana).- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • Bachelor's button (Centaurea cyanus).- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
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  • View looking east over the Columbia River Gorge.- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • Panorama looking southeast over the Columbia River Gorge.- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
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  • Puget balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) and numerous lupines dominate the upper hillside.- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • Unidentified lichen (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • Upper portions of the trail are dominated by Oregon "shrub" oak (Quercus garryana).- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • View over the Columbia River Gorge.- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • Dagger-pod (Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides).- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium).- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • Parsley desert buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides).- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
  • California poppy (Eschscholzia californica).- Coyote Wall Hiking Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Spectacular views. Wild flowers in early summer.
Cons: 
Trail shared with mountain bikers.
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Region:
Columbia River Gorge, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,700.00 ft (518.16 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
5.40 mi (8.69 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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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.

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