Table Mountain

Stevenson, Washington

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A tough, 15-mile round-trip climb to the top of Table Mountain on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). This trail is one of the better Gorge power climbs. The terrain is dominated by second-growth Douglas-fir trees. Most of the hiking is through the trees, but the summit of Table Mountain is one of the more satisfying and spectacular destinations in the Gorge.
Hiking The Columbia River Gorge

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Hiking The Columbia River Gorge

by Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch (Falcon Guides)

A tough, 15-mile round-trip climb to the top of Table Mountain on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). This trail is one of the better Gorge power climbs.

The terrain is dominated by second-growth Douglas-fir trees. Most of the hiking is through the trees, but the summit of Table Mountain is one of the more satisfying and spectacular destinations in the Gorge.

© 2014 Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Stevenson
Distance: 15.5
Elevation Gain: 3,297 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: All day or overnight
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 110 feet
Top Elevation: 3,417 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98682; (360) 891-5000; www.fs.usda.gov/gifford pinchot.
Local Maps: USGS Bonneville Dam; Bonneville Dam Green Trails; Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail Washington Southern Section USFS
Driving Directions: Directions to Table Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

8/13/2006
1

This is a great hike and it will for sure test your strength. I actually packed 45 lbs up the mountain and slept on top with the deer. I wouldn’t recommend this as the extra weight made the last mile to the top dangerous. Next time we are going to set up a base camp below to do an overnighter. Be sure to filter water at the lake on the way out as most of this section is without tree cover and you will most likely be tired and in need of plenty of water.


7/22/2006
2

If you are looking for a long hike, mostly under a tree canopy with a grueling (OK, maybe that is a little srong) 1.3 miles at the middle going up ... and down .. this is it. I went on a date when it was humid and 95 degrees, but luckily overcast. The 1.3 miles to the top is mostly out in the open. The view at the top can't be beaten. I would STRONGLY recommend at least 3 liters of water, 4 is better (you can stash some at the junction, before the 1.3 mile ascent. I think a hiking stick is also STRONGLY recommended for the ascent, and more so for the descent. It's boulder-y about half the time, and the other half is loose rock / dirt, so this is VERY easy to slide on the steep slopes. A stop at Gillette Lake on the way back is a must. It is us about 8 hours, with 20 minutes at the top and 30 minutes at the lake.



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