Pacific Crest Trail #2000 - Washington

Area Status: Open
Cascade Locks bridge and PCT sign looking north.jpg

This trail, which stretches from the Mexican to the Canadian border for 2,600 miles, originally reached the Columbia River Gorge in 1935. Private property rights and trail guidelines required a re-routing which in 1984 resulted in the modern trail. This section includes abandoned roads and traverses Cedar and Hamilton Creek Canyons on the way to Table Mountain and its panoramic views. Horse access, Gillette Lake (3.8 mi.), spring near Table Mountain (9.7 mi.), spur trail to Three Corner Rock water trough (15.3 mi.), Rock Creek (20.3 mi.), Big Huckleberry Mountain summit trail (44.2 mi.). Features: Look out for Three Corner Rock, a monolith (an ancient lava plug) and the former site of USDA Forest Service fire lookout.

More information:

View a map of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Columbia River Gorge on the Pacific Crest Trail Association website.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Avoid during high winds and heavy rains due to fire weakened trees and unstable slopes. Visit Pacific Crest Trail website for latest updates.
Open Season: Year-round, Snow dependent
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited. Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail. No bikes
Closest Towns: Stevenson, WA
Restroom: Vault Toilet at North Bonneville Trailhead
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at North Bonneville trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information


From Bingen/White Salmon, WA: Travel west on Washington State Highway 14 just past the north end of the Bridge of the Gods toll road. Continue past Ice House Lake on the right, and just 90 yards beyond the lake is the small parking area and trailhead. An alternative is to park at the visitor information parking area just to the right of the toll road and walk down the highway to the trailhead.

Equestrians can access the PCT from the North Bonneville Trailhead near Bonneville Dam and take the Tamanous Trail to Pacific Crest Trail.


Day Hiking

Hiking to Gillette Lake would be a great day hike, with the hike being a total of 5 miles round trip.


A hike to Table Mountain would make a good overnight trip. Please consult a good, up to date map when planning your hike.

Horse Riding

Horse riding is allowed on certain trails in the area. Contact the local office for more information on which and when trails are opened for horses. And, as always, please stay on the existing trails and roadbeds!

Viewing Scenery

Views of the Columbia River and Table Mountain.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
18.1 miles within Scenic Area

  Elevation : 
100' - 3000'