Horsethief Butte

Lyle, Washington

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Horsethief Butte is a large outcropping of basalt on the dry hills above the Dalles Dam area. It rises right in your face from the start of the trailhead and is a popular place for history buffs and rock climbers alike. There are social trails all over the butte, but a somewhat major trail circles its southwestern flank, with a spur trail climbing up into the craggy knolls in the middle. Lots of signs warn visitors not to deface the Native drawings on some of the more hidden rock faces.
Hiking The Columbia River Gorge

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Hiking The Columbia River Gorge

by Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch (Falcon Guides)

Horsethief Butte is a large outcropping of basalt on the dry hills above the Dalles Dam area. It rises right in your face from the start of the trailhead and is a popular place for history buffs and rock climbers alike. There are social trails all over the butte, but a somewhat major trail circles its southwestern flank, with a spur trail climbing up into the craggy knolls in the middle. Lots of signs warn visitors not to deface the Native drawings on some of the more hidden rock faces.

© 2014 Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lyle
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 140 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 300 feet
Top Elevation: 375 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, 1111 Israel Road SW, P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504; (360) 902-8844; www.parks.wa.gov.
Local Maps: USGS Stacker Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to Horsethief Butte

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