Less than 90 minutes East of Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon, is a huge outcropping of columnar basalt called Coyote Wall. According to the Washington Trails Association, Coyote Wall is “a result of the ancient Missoula Floods that at one time scoured and formed the Columbia River Gorge into the shape it is today.”
The area is a beautiful mix of forest and open fields with a loop trail curling more than 8 miles along the sloping hill atop the cliffs. If you have the time, you can hike Coyote Wall and connect with nearby Catherine Creek (I have not done this yet).
Atop Coyote Wall, you’ll reach an elevation of 2,074 feet for a gain of about 1,970 feet. A wide view of the Columbia River Gorge stretches before you, demonstrating why it has been named a National Scenic Area. Mt. Hood rises proudly to the south.
The steep and winding single-track trail system make Coyote Wall popular with mountain bikers. Keep an eye out for riders, there are sections with blind corners.
Also be aware that you may come across poison ivy, ticks and rattlesnakes in the summer.