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Vancouver, WA: Table Mountain via Pacific Crest Trail

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Distance: 7.5 miles


Follow the Pacific Crest Trail across wooded creeks and steep rock gardens to a broad summit overlooking the Columbia River Gorge on this strenuous 15-mile out-and-back.
  • Forest
  • Fern Undergrowth
  • Mossy Forest
  • Gillette Lake
  • Footbridge
  • Bridge Crossing
  • Rock Garden Climb
  • Views from the Rock Garden

This challenging trek to Table Mountain gains 3,300 feet of elevation in 7.5 miles and starts 35 miles east of Vancouver at the Bonneville Trailhead. Follow Tamanous Trail for the first 0.6 mile before turning onto the Pacific Crest Trail. The route weaves through dense old-growth forest and clear-cut areas, passing campsites (popular with PCT thru-hikers) to views of Gillette Lake. A small creek at mile 2.7 offers a good place to filter water and soak your feet on hot days—views of the Columbia River Gorge follow shortly. After 5.9 miles, tackle the stiff, switchback climb up root- and rock-strewn slopes, then scramble up a steep boulder field. From here, the route climbs another 0.2 mile to the broad summit of Table Mountain. Traverse southeast along the ridge for growing views of the Columbia River Gorge, Bonneville Dam, and a close-up of Mount Hood.

-Mapped by Trung Q. Le

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