Coyote Wall to the Labyrinth - Hiking

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The view of the gorge as you trek through the unique landscape to the Labyrinth is incredible. This hike is filled with oaks, beautiful waterfalls, basalt outcroppings that contrast the view, and the area is filled with wildflowers in the spring.

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Abby Joffe


7.7 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

61.3 miles


4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

3 hours

2-5 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits




The view of the gorge as you trek through this unique landscape to the Labyrinth is incredible. The hike that starts at the Coyote Wall is filled with oaks, beautiful waterfalls, basalt outcroppings that contrast the view, and the area is filled with wildflowers in the spring, including grass widows, prairie stars, yellow bells, cams, and balsam root.

What Makes It Great

To access this trail, park at the Coyote Wall Trailhead and head east on the abandoned highway. On the left, pass the Coyote Canyon Trail and a cattle chute and go around a Locke Lake. Around the edge of the cliff, you will pass the Coyote Wall Trail. Take note of this because it will be how you get back to the highway at the end of your hike. After another .25 miles, you will see a trail on the left, which is the Labyrinth Trail. Take this trail past an oak-filled valley to Labyrinth Falls. The multi-tiered falls run and end up in a small canyon followed by several twists and turns. There is a steep section after the falls. Cross a bridge over the creek and enjoy the wildlife as you hike up the side of the canyon. 

The trail goes right and weaves through talus slopes and oaks into a grassy area, which is called the Labyrinth. Here, take your time to explore rock outcroppings and enjoy the incredible, sweeping views of the gorge. From here, there are switchbacks to a junction with the Rowland Creek Trail. The trail goes above Rowland Lake as you head east then take the left for and head up the creek valley. After another mile, you will get to Road 20 and take a left. Road 20 will climb a little bit, then drop. Stay on the road and you will get to an unsigned junction with the Coyote Wall Trail where you will turn left and head down the trail. 

Take the right fork when you can and try to stay near the top of the wall, which will also give you the best gorge views. Make sure you take in the views of the interesting Coyote Wall and its interesting rock formations as well. You will run into the highway again, turn right, and take the highway back to your car.

Who is Going to Love It

This route to the Labyrinth is one of the more difficult, so it may not be suitable for less experienced hikers, but, luckily, there are other routes to get to the Labyrinth. For this hike, intermediate and experienced hikers will enjoy the vast gorge views and unique terrain. The hike is a 5.8-mile loop, which is a reasonable amount for a half day to enjoy an amazing view of the gorge as you hike through grassy fields interrupted by interesting geological features and a waterfall.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

To get to the Coyote Wall Trailhead from Portland, take I-84 east to exit 64 for Highway 35/White Salmon/Government Camp. Turn left and drive north over the Hood River Bridge for 1.2 miles. Keep in mind that the bridge takes a $1 tool. Turn right on Highway 14 E and go 4.7 miles to take a left on Courtney Road. 

Take an immediate right into the trailhead parking area.


Coyote Wall to the Labyrinth

Old Highway 8
White Salmon, WA, 98672
45.7005, -121.4024

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