Every spring in southern Washington, Mt. Adams & the Goat Rock Wilderness begin to drain themselves from a long winter of rain and snow. The remote and secluded Klickitat canyon passes through some of the most picturesque scenery around. The journey will start up in a forested gorge, filled with giant pine and oak trees and towering basalt walls and end up with a giant desert canyon. On this trip you may see deer, elk, osprey and plenty of whitewater! Our trip will take one through 17 to 21 miles (depending on water level) of breathtaking scenery, not to mention more than 10 miles of back-to-back rapids. Even the most experienced rafter will get their fill of rapids on the Klickitat River!
Early travelers with the Lewis & Clark expedition named this river after the Indian tribe that resided along the rivers’ edge. The term ‘Klickitat’ was translated by railroaders to mean ‘robbers’ and the US government said the term meant ‘beyond’. Either way you define it, a day on the Klickitat River will rob you of daily stress and fill your mind with memories beyond your expectations.
The Klickitat River is located 2 hours east of Portland. There is plenty of camping nearby. The meeting site (Leidl Campground) is an excellent site for a weekend away from it all. If you would like to have a true weekend getaway, then combo a Klickitat River trip with a White Salmon River trip for a real whitewater weekend!