Catch the Sunset at Wild Horse Monument

0.4 miles 150 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Michael Gabbert

A short jaunt with a spectacular view, the Wild Horse Monument on the Columbia River Gorge is a perfect spot to catch the sunrise, sunset, or simply take in its beauty in the middle of the day.  

If you're traveling along Hwy 90 in the middle of Washington State, the Wild Horse Monument is a fun and rather quick area to explore. Located 30 miles east of Ellensburg and 60 miles northwest of Yakima, the monument is located just across the Columbia River as you head east. 

As you drive, there are a couple signs which will indicate the location and distance to the monument. Once off the highway, there is a paved parking lot a mere 100 yards away. The parking lot itself offers some great views of the Columbia River, but a little bit of effort climbing towards the Wild Horses will yield even better views. The hike to the top is less than a 1/2 mile with only 150 feet of elevation. However, the path up is filled with gravel and loose rock so be slightly careful. 

Once at the end of the trail you'll encounter 15 life sized horses galloping atop the hill. Explore each of the horses, but make sure you head toward the lead horse for the most sweeping, panoramic views above the Columbia River Gorge. Both sunrise and sunset yield some spectacular colors here, not only from those changing in the sky but also the landscape and rocks surrounding the river. If you're in the area, it's a can't-miss. 

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Fun Pit Stop!

Cool place to stretch your legs and take a break from driving! Not much to do but I went at sunset and ran up the hill and the view was awesome! Plus you get to see the horses up close lol.

Stay Nearby

Ellensburg, Washington

Yakima River Canyon Campgrounds

Overview The gentle Yakima River winds for 27 miles through massive basalt cliffs and rolling desert hills between Ellensburg and Yakima, Washington. This area is popular for wildlife viewing, fish...

Ellensburg, Washington

Ellensburg KOA

Yakima, Washington

Cowiche Canyon Guest House

People choose The Cowiche Canyon Guest House to enjoy authentic wilderness experiences, charming rustic décor, breathtaking views, inviting B&B atmosphere, fresh, locally sourced food, 5-star h...

From $103/night

Cle Elum, Washington

Mineral Springs Group

Overview At an elevation of 2,500 feet, Mineral Springs Group Campground sits in the mountainous terrain of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in northern Washington. Nearby peaks and old-gr...

Nearby Adventures

  • Rock Climb 'The Sunshine Wall'

    I had never been outdoor rock climbing before, but when I heard my school was offering a trip out to Vantage, Washington over the weekend I couldn't pass up the opportunity!Vantage, Washington is smack in the middle of Washington's two largest cit...

    0.5 miles

  • Adventuring in the Frenchman Coulee

    Occupying a cluster of desert canyons and mesas perched atop the cliffs overlooking the eastern bank of the mighty Columbia River, the Frenchman Coulee is a rock climber’s paradise. Featuring dozens of world-class sport and trad routes, both singl...

  • Hike Ancient Lakes

    All around you, waterfalls pour over cliffs as you gaze upon colorful lakes. If you're lucky, a coyote scampers by through a patch of wildflowers – it's just another beautiful day in the Ancient Lakes basin, a gem tucked along the Columbia River G...

    4 miles

  • Backpack Ancient Lakes

    On the hunt for a dry, scenic backpack during a weekend of dreary, wet, early September weather in the mountains, we decided to head toward the high desert outside of Quincy, WA. After a short hike in, we found a site seldom seen - waterfalls and ...

    4 miles