Table Mountain

North Bonneville, Washington 98639

Table Mountain

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"An iconic peak within the gorge, it was Table Mountain that gave birth to the Bridge of the gods hundreds of years ago when half of it slid off in a massive landslide, damming the Columbia River. But what’s left of the Table is impressive too: sheer cliffs, mystical rock formations, and a tabletop draped in alpine flowers, including several endangered ones. To be seated at this table, however, requires physical prowess and competence with negotiating rocky and steep terrain. Really steep! This is one of the toughest hikes in this book—and one of the most rewarding."

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Hiking The Columbia River Gorge (Falcon Guides)
Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch
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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." Read more

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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.
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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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Trail Information

North Bonneville
Nearby City
3,425 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Green Trails Columbia River Gorge–West No. 428S
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