Because the Klicktat Trail is along an abandoned railroad bed, numerous trestles have had to be "decked" for the safety and travel of users. With the completion of the Fisher Hill decking (which previously required a short detour), the 13-mile stretch of trail from Lyle to the hamlet of Klickitat is now complete.

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Hiking on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge gained an important new link last week, courtesy of Washington State Parks. The agency has completed decking of a high Fisher Hill trestle over the Klickitat River, providing improved access for hikers, bikers and equestrians.

The Klickitat Trail – a 31-mile rail-trail conversion along the Klickitat River and Swale Canyon – is an excellent place to hike in every season. Winter is certainly no exception. Right now, salmon are spawning in the lower Klickitat River, which means that the place is full of feasting bald eagles. The Klickitat River is federally designated as a Wild and Scenic River, so the views are pretty great too.

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