It’s a beautiful sunny winter day and since I had already left work and the sun was shining, I really wanted to go for a hike. I called up my friend Gwen and she agreed to go for a short walk. I looked at my favorite guide book, Curious Gorge by Scott Cook, for suggestions. After flipping thru the various recommendations I settled on a .5 mile hike off the Klickitat River. This specific part of the Klickitat trail starts at the Fisher Hill Road Bridge. We turned on to SR 142 from Lyle and drove up to Fisher Hill Road. When we found a parking spot we pulled over so that we could walk up to the old rail bridge and take some artsy photos.
Since it didn’t seem that we could see the roaring waterfall from the old rail bridge we decided to wander down a dirt trail to the bottom bridge. There we saw the long narrow rush of water.
Instead of following the guide books trail recommendation we continued down the dirt path to see if we could get near the water. We wandered pretty close to the river, but the rocks were covered in moss and were to slippery for us to safely continue down to far, even with hiking boots. Gwen and I started back toward the Fisher Hill Road bridge trail and were about to continue on till I suggested another path that I had spotted. I was determined to try to get another picture of the long narrow canyon waters. Instead, I found some more waterfalls from the run off of Silvas Creek.
Our ‘hike’ that we had planned on was deterred by the many photo opportunities we kept finding. We stayed in the area for an hour and half and vowed to come back again to actually walk the trail. I would love to come back when it’s fishing season and watch the traditional dip net fishing methods still used by the Native Americans. Until then this is a beautiful area to visit.