Most people think of South Africa when I mention hiking Table Mountain.
What makes it more confusing is Washington State has two Table Mountains. There’s the tall one, rising 5,700 feet, in the North Cascades and then there’s the one in the Columbia River Gorge. That’s the one I’ve done.
Hiking Table Mountain
I started out from the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort parking lot. From there you follow a gravel/dirt road up a ways until it intersects with another road. Turn left and maybe 15 meters turn right onto a narrow trail. There is a ridiculously tiny sign posted high on a tree (as seen below) letting you know you’re headed the right direction.
Enjoy the lush flora as you make your way up to the Pacific Crest Trail.
I probably had way too much fun crossing this little bridge. I felt like Sheldon Cooper with a model train.
This beautiful sight will grab you as you near the intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail.
Another stream, but no bridge. Shucks.
Ok, here is where the trail gets serious…and fun. Once you come across the sign, you hang a right and head up a steep trail toward the summit.
Just in case you weren’t sure…
Beyond this point it was too foggy and cloudy to take any meaningful pictures. I’ll have to do this hike again when we’re having nice weather.
If you take the Bonneville Trail (also called Tamanous Trail), you’ll see this beautiful sight – Table Mountain rising up behind Gillete Lake.
Table Mountain Hiking Video
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