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High Prairie, WA

Klickitat County

Fire Risk
Property Trend
Rivers & Creeks
Oak Trees
Evergreen Trees
Medical Care
Rural Feeling

Where is High Prairie, WA?

Is High Prairie for you?

With approximately a 15 minute drive into Lyle, WA and a 30 minute to White Salmon, WA, the sprawling countryside of grass and flowers leaves a dreamy taste in any prospective pioneer’s heart.

If you are looking for wide open landscapes, dynamic cloud formations, and a dry climate, checkout High Prairie!

High Prairie has abundant opportunities for views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.

In the spring, it is one of the Gorge’s best kept secrets. The grass turns a bright green, and wildflowers tint the landscape in a heavenly aura of peace.

In the summer time, the hot westerly winds funnel down the Columbia Gorge to dry out the lands.

In the fall and winter, the oak trees change colors, from yellow, to orange, and finally to red. The way the leaves litter the forest floor create a stillness as the Columbia winds go into their dormancy.

The community in High Prairie is very relaxed. There’s a local fire department and plenty of space for everyone. The local post office is found in Lyle, WA.

Real Estate Market

How competitive is the market?

The market in High Prairie is the most active in the spring.

The rest of the year, High Prairie is quite slow. However, be prepared if properties with a view of Mt. Hood or Mt. Adams come on the market and there happens to be Evergreens or Oak trees on the property. It is desirable land!

Property values

Prices very, with 10ac to 20ac parcels costing $80K to $250K depending on the location, views, and number of trees on the property. Larger parcels 40ac to 120ac range around 250K to 300K.

The History of High Prairie

Much like the majority of the North Shore of Klickitat County, High Prairie didn’t start to really get settled until 1880’s.

There isn’t a lot of record on the area, and it seemed to remain quite… simple, as it does today. As you can imagine by the name, High Prairie was primarily wheat growing and cattle raising territory.

The first recorded white settlers came in 1877 and they their names were: Chester Parshall and John Varker.

The local post office was established in 1880. It had a few names such as, “Highland”, “Wildcat”, and finally, “Hartland”, before being dissolved and incorporated into the rural route of Lyle, WA in 1930.

The route from High Prairie to Lyle was mostly a one track road, and as it neared Lyle, the road would bend and curve through the hillside. Bells were used on the lead horse to notify traffic so a turn-out could be used by either party, as hundreds of feet hillside lay aside the horses and the driver’s safe trip to market.

Harvesting wheat on High Prairie. From “Sketches of Early High Prairie” by Neila Binford Fleming.