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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - Bridge of the Gods to Road 23

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA
45.6606, -121.9066 Map & Directions
Length
77.5 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
16300 feet
Highest Point
5000 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Wildflowers along a hillside. Photo by ballardgray. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

This section hike is a great way to get a taste of the Pacific Crest Trail over the course of a week or long weekend. Continue reading

Rating
5.00 out of 5

Hiking Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - Bridge of the Gods to Road 23

This section hike is a great way to get a taste of the Pacific Crest Trail over the course of a week or long weekend.

Starting from the Columbia River Gorge, you'll begin your trek with a long initial climb through lush, green forest (aptly named the Green Tunnel) before turning back east, weaving in and out of the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest and Yacolt Burn State Park. The initial 30 miles are fairly low in elevation and mostly forested, though you'll likely get some peek-a-boo views of the nearby mountains.

Around the 32 mile point, hikers will reach the Panther Creek Campground, which is the last resting place before the longest climb of the section — about 9 miles uphill and 3200 feet of elevation gain. From this point on, you'll stay high and pass through a myriad of quaint lakes and flower-filled meadows as you meander through the Indian Heaven Wilderness, eventually coming up on your ending point at Road 23.

The trail is dotted with plenty of campsites, making it easy to find a stopping point when your legs get tired.

Hike Description Written by
Rachel Wendling, WTA Staff

Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - Bridge of the Gods to Road 23

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.6606, -121.9066 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Southern access: There is no immediately accessible parking at the southern end. The PCT takes off from the north side of Highway 14, just south of Bridge of the Gods. Arrange a drop-off, take a Skamania County Transit bus, or park across the river in Oregon at the Bridge of the Gods Trailhead.

Northern access: Hikers can catch a ride to the trailhead from downtown Trout Lake via a trail angel or shuttle service (check troutlake.org for more information) or park nearby at the Williams Mine Trailhead off of Road 23. To access Williams Mine Trailhead, take the WA-14 to the junction with WA-141 and turn north. Continue for 19 miles to Trout Lake then take a slight right onto Mt Adams Rd. Continue straight for 1.3 miles onto Randle Road (NF-23) and follow this for another 12.7 miles. Turn right onto NF-521 and park at the end of the road.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

Pacific Crest Trail (#2000)

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Guidebooks & Maps

Pacific Crest Trail Oregon & Washington (Jeffrey Schaffer and Andy Selters) - Wilderness Press

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail Cascade Series - Northern Washington

www.pctmap.net/iphone/wa_section_h_map.pdf

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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - Bridge of the Gods to Road 23

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