Jun 22, 2013 · 7:45 AM
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TOTAL MILES: ~10 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 3350 ft
PACE: “Quick” (~2-2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult/Very Difficult (not suitable for beginners)
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 8 Hours
PERMITS: None Needed
**RSVPs will open at 7:30pm on Tuesday**
MEETING LOCATION AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS
We will be meeting at Gateway Transit Center at 7:45 AM and leaving at 8 AM sharp
If you choose to drive to the trail head yourself, meet us there at 9 AM sharp. If you drive yourself the fastest route is to head to Cascade Locks on the Oregon side, cross the Bridge Of The Gods and head back to the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort on WA-14
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 80 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $8.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!
This is one of my favorite hikes in the Gorge.
Here is a link to give you an idea of the hike.
We will start from Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and head up through a trail that will connect us on to the PCT. We will then hike on to the connecting trial to the top of Table Mountain. (Now we are talking steep!) From here, we will head up to a saddle, where we can see the magnitude of the cliff above as well as the Bonneville dam below. The trail then goes down and then comes up to a boulder field that we will ascend to meet the upper trial. The goal will be to go to the top of the visible south facing cliff for a spectacular views then walk around the back side of the mountain to explore the whole area and then loop around to go down the descending trail. The descending trail is also rocky and very steep. We then connect up again with the PCT and head back down the same trails we came up.
As you have read the trail up and down off the mountain is very steep and can be precarious. So I highly recommend hiking poles as well as being experienced with steep difficult terrain. Furthermore we will be exploring areas that are near sheer cliffs so caution is recommended.
Furthermore there are several unlabeled junctions on this route and because while I was learning the area, have taken the wrong route (adding 2 hours to my hike ) I require that we stop at every junction.
Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.
NO DOGS, please.
What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear (you never know)
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water
• Trekking poles (highly recommended.)
• Camera (optional)
*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.