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Table Mountain

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA
45.6479, -121.9795 Map & Directions
Length
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3350 feet
Highest Point
3417 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Morning light on the south face of Table Mountain. Photo by Tim Lawson.
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits

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Northwest Forest Pass

Table Mountain's dramatic south face and pyramid profile beckon the adventurous hiker ready for a strenuous climb that is good training for summer summit attempts to come. The top features one of the best panoramas of the Columbia River Gorge, as well as views of Mount St. Helens, Rainier, Hood and Adams. Carry a guidebook with good route information as there are a couple of options to the summit and signage may be lacking. Continue reading

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Hiking Table Mountain

Geologists estimate that Table Mountain's dramatic south face and pyramid profile were created sometime between 1200 and 1600 A.D., when a major landslide sheared off the south face of Table Mountain.

The resulting debris created the original Bridge of the Gods, leaving a vertical wall visible from miles in either direction along the Columbia River Gorge.

These days the rock bridge has been replaced by a steel structure, and Table Mountain's steep face beckons the adventurous hiker ready for a strenuous climb that is good training for summer summit attempts to come. The top features one of the best panoramas of the Columbia River Gorge, as well as views of Mt. St. Helens, Rainier, Hood and Adams. Carry a guidebook with good route information as there are a couple of options to the summit and signage may be lacking.

Begin at the Bonneville Trailhead off of Highway 14 opposite the Bonneville Dam. From the trailhead follow the Tamanous Trail 27 for 0.6 miles to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Turn left onto the PCT and follow it northwest for 1.9 miles to Gillette Lake. Continue on the PCT for another 5.5 miles to the junction with the Eastway Trail (also known as Heartbreak Ridge). A second route to the summit off of the PCT, the Westway Trail, is another 0.4 miles further.

Both Eastway and Westway trails join near the summit to the final 0.3 mile Overlook Trail that leads to the southern face of the mountain.

From here, you can turn between Mount Adams and Mount Hood or stare down at the snaking sheer face of the ridge reaching south from where you stand. For those accustomed to seeking majestic sights by looking up at tall peaks, you may find gazing earthward is even more impressive here.

Many hikers make a loop by ascending the Eastway Trail and descending the Westway Trail. portlandhikers.org has a hiking guide with a detailed trail log of this area.

As of January 2017, the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa has been closed to public entry. The Dick Thomas Trailhead at the former resort is no longer an option. The only legal choice for hikers is to begin this hike at the Bonneville Trailhead.

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Table Mountain

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 45.6479, -121.9795 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Northwest Forest Pass

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

From Seattle, take I-5 south to Vancouver. Then take Highway 14 east, and continue past Beacon Rock State Park. At milepost 39.8 look for the Bonneville trailhead on the left, opposite Bonneville Dam. It is approximately 40 miles east of Vancouver.

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Trailhead

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

Tamanous (#27), PCT (#2000)

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Guidebooks & Maps

60 Hikes within 60 miles of Portland

3rd Edition

Menasha Press

Green Trails Columbia River Gorge - West No. 428S

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