Coyote Wall

AreaColumbia Gorge (east - WA)
(Gifford Pinchot National Forest)
Best time to visitMid-March through late April
Blooming NowYES
Elevation120-1740 feet
Trail Info6 miles out-and-back, 1500+ feet elevation gain
 Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide
 Hike information - Washington Trails Association
DogsAllowed, but must be kept on leash AT ALL TIMES.

NOTE: The blue marker indicates the trailhead.


The Coyote Wall (Syncline) is a 200 foot high sheer outcrop of crumbling columnar basalt, carved by the Missoula Floods. Other evidence of this geological phase can be seen on the south side of the Columbia River in Mosier.

There are a variety of trail options, including the Coyote Wall Loop and the Labyrinth. In addition to the Portland Hikers Field Guide links, you might also consider perusing the US Forest Service's trail map. However, despite the proliferation of trails, it is difficult to really get hopelessly lost. If in doubt, return downhill!

WARNING: As always in this part of the Eastern Gorge, there is plenty of poison oak. Stay on the trail(s) and you will be fine.


Take Interstate 84 east to Hood River. Take exit 64 and drive north across the Hood River Bridge ($2 toll for passenger cars). Turn right onto Washington SR-14, and drive east for approximately 4.5 miles. Turn left onto Courtney Road, then turn right almost immediately into the trailhead parking area. The hike begins on Old Highway 8, which is at the east end of the parking area.

On weekends the parking area will often be full. If so, parallel park on either side of Courtney Road. Alternatively, you can park on the east end of Old Highway 8 (near Rowland Lake), then walk west instead of east.

There is a pit toilet, but no other facilities. The closest "real" rest area is at Chamberlain Lake, five miles further east along Highway 14.

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