Hike Coyote Wall

7.5 miles 800 ft gain  - Loop Trail

Added by Michael Graw

Stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood while hiking through basalt notches and oak-dotted grasslands.

Coyote Wall is a relatively uncrowded trail system in the Columbia River Gorge that provides outstanding views of the Columbia River. The trail system is made up primarily of user-created mountain biking trails, allowing hikers a choose-your-own-adventure approach to exploring the area.

Start out at the Coyote Wall Trailhead, which is just north of Highway 14 on the Washington side of the gorge. Turn left onto Courtney Road, about 5 miles east of Bingen, WA, and the trailhead parking lot will be immediately on the right.

The hike starts out following an old section of Highway 14 uphill along one of the basalt walls that give the eastern portion of the Columbia River Gorge its unique appearance. After 0.6 miles, the road will level off and a series of user trails will climb up the grassland to the left. While you can take any of these trails and create a scenic loop (all of the trails eventually intersect near the top of the bluff), the best viewpoint is reached by continuing to follow the road for another 0.25 miles. Just before the road cuts between the bluff and a large rock outcropping, take the trail to the left to begin heading uphill.

From here, the trail winds its way up the bluff, following a series of oak-dotted creeks and notches in the basalt. Again there will be numerous trail junctions, any of which can be followed in either direction, but stay to the right at all junctions to reach a grassy plateau in about 1.5 miles. The views of the Columbia River from this plateau are stunning, and on clear days Mount Hood can easily be seen across the river. This makes an excellent spot to host a picnic and relax in the sunshine.

To continue the loop, follow the trail around the plateau as it continues to meander up the bluff through a series of denser oak forests and grasslands. The trail will reach an old jeep track in around 0.5 miles, which you should turn left onto to follow to the west and eventually meander through grasslands back down the bluff. There are sustained views of the Columbia River from this side of Coyote Wall. Finally, after about 2 miles on the jeep track, a series of use-trails will break off downhill to lead you back to the old highway section from which you originally set out.

Once you reach the car, there are a wealth of options to celebrate your hike. Hood River, only about 7 miles away on the Oregon side of the gorge (there is a $1 toll to cross the bridge), is home to Full Sail Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery, and Big Horse Brew Pub. Walking Man Brewery in Stevenson and Backwoods Brewing in Carson are also nearby options on the Washington side of the river.

Read More

Tags

Fitness
Chillin
Photography
Mountain Biking
Running
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

about 2 months ago

Wonderful on a sunny day

Challenging but awesome on a clear day. Some of the trail goes through what is now private property but we tested our luck and went through anyway. Fun! Steep at times on the way down but nothing too bad.

almost 4 years ago

Nice, uncrowded hike, dry & unshaded

Even on a sunny summer weekend day, we encountered very few other folks on this trail. Overall a solid hike, maybe best saved for the more moist non-summer months. It was pretty dry, brown and unshaded most of the way - the views probably would have been better with more greenery! But regardless the views of Hood were excellent!

over 4 years ago

Coyote Wall

Pretty neat place with a few smaller waterfalls throughout as well. Definitely a choose your own adventure with the numerous trails.

Stay Nearby

Cook, Washington

Moss Creek Campground

Overview Located in the southeast corner of the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest and close to Columbia River Gorge, Moss Creek Campground sits alongside the Little White Salmon River. At an elevatio...

Cook, Washington

Oklahoma Campground

Overview Oklahoma Campground is nestled in a lush grove of large hemlock, cedar, maple and fir trees alongside the Little White Salmon River, near the Columbia River Gorge. The campground is flat a...

Trout Lake, Washington

Atkisson Group Camp

Overview Sitting just west of Washington's second largest mountain, Mt. Adams, Atkisson Group Camp is open for campers between May and September and becomes a sno-park for a variety of activities i...

Dufur, Oregon

Fivemile Butte Lookout

Overview Fivemile Butte Lookout is available for reservation year-round. It provides stellar mountain views and access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, mountain b...

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike the Labyrinth-Coyote Wall Loop

    Sadly because of the devastating Eagle Creek fire on the Oregon side of the Gorge, most of the trails are closed for restoration. As a result more hikers are heading to the Washington side and heading further east for Gorge day hikes. Heading east...

  • Hike Mosier Plateau Trail

    The Columbia River Gorge is full of hidden gems, especially for new folks like me. I just found out about this little trail right in the middle of Mosier Oregon.  The trail is great for new hikers, and if you have some friends visiting this would ...

    3.5 miles 600 ft gain

  • Bike from Hood River to The Dalles

    The ride from Hood River to The Dalles is one of the best 20 mile stretches of road biking in Oregon, and arguably the best. The ride starts out in the wonderful town of Hood River - a tourist and adventure destination in its own right - and follo...

    40 miles 2800 ft gain

  • Hiking McCall Point

    The trail begins at the Rowena Overlook on the Old Columbia River Highway between Hood River and the Dalles. Park at the Rowena Overlook, and you find the trail on the south side of the area. Follow the trail to the top of McCall Point. The trail ...