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Super easy! My family loves it! Very appropriate for kids!

Started at Bonnevile trailhead on 12/31/18 at 5:30am. Bathrooms were locked due to the government shutdown and you need to have a northwest forrest pass, national parks pass or there is a fee deposit box at this site to park here. my alltrails app was glitching this day so i took a wrong turn onto the bridge of the gods trail and had to backtrack to the trail junction for gillet lake (the right way). There is no info at this junction for table mountain. Beautiful forrest and as you near table mountain there are several trails that intersect with no information so its helpful to have a map or pre recorded track. I went up the westward trail, it is very steep on this side, (don't let the signs below fool you. Both acensions are equally hard.) Once you get out of the treeline you are hiking/climbing up rocky, steep and at times bushy terrain with sheer drop offs on one or both sides. There was also snow and ice there, but not bad enough at the time I went to need microspikes, but do carry them if you are going to make a go of this in the winter(westward trail is 1.7 miles,but feels so long in the moment!). Hiked around the west side of the butte and the forrest up top to get views from the top on all sides (there is about a couple feet of snow in non forrested areas and a foot of snow maybe in the forrest. Breathtaking views from the top. Descended down heartbreak equally difficult took me about 3 hours to get down 1 mile of pure nasty

Very pretty, starting to get snow now though

I did small potion only 13 mile of the trail , it was great weather today 10/21/18 and fantastic view

AMAZING! Pack warm though. We actually got snowed on. By far one of the best backpacking trips I've ever done.

I DID IT! Woohoo!

A must do in the Gorge. Definitely deserves the “hard” rating, but more than worth it.

If you are feeling good at the Table Mountain kiosk (about 6.5 miles in) I’d recommend taking Heartbreak Ridge up (right trail). It is extremely STEEP and unrelenting, but a very fun challenge. It includes very steep and short switchbacks and a large rock scramble. Poles definitely recommended for this section. Take the “easier” route on the way down from Table Mountain.

From parking lot to parking lot it took me 5hrs 4mins for 16 miles. I was on a tight time schedule and didn’t have any time for stops.

The PCT section follows easy rolling terrain for 3.5 miles to the cairn marking the left turn up the North ridge route. The trail gives way to a moderate scramble a mile or so up the ridge. The summit block rises about 450’ from the ridge. The 3 pitch climb requires technical climbing ability and equipment. Great views! A climbers trail descends 1400’ across the steep scree field on the west face to the PCT for a 5 mile hike back to TH. Or you can descend along the ridge route the way you came up. Make sure to have plenty of light because the ridge route is sketchier downhill than on the way up. No water along the route

Awesome trail. Very loose rock when summiting. Insane views. Will do again

extremely beautiful and moderate traffic. plenty of water along the way. most of the trail is hardpacked and easy terrain. everyone on the trail was very friendly.

I did table mountain today. I parked under powerlines and took an access trail to carpenter lake which then hooked up to the PCT so it was only an 10 mile hike to the top of Table mountain and back. I didn't turn in the trail when i got to the view spot so i did a pretty intense scramble up the side of the ridge instead of the boulder field which I did on the way down. I started at 6.30am and was back to my car by noon

High level of difficulty. Good water sources for the first half, but farther apart in the end. Record heat this year. Amazing views!

Some would say Mt. Defiance across the Gorge is a more difficult hike, but having done both of them multiple times I'm still not sure. The first 6ish miles of this trail on the PCT are easy, going past lakes, excellent views. But that last 2 miles will kick your everloving butt. Two options to make that final climb, both of which include STEEP inclines & sketchy talus slopes. Bring lots of water, and expect to take AT LEAST 9 hours to complete this fantastic hike.

I hiked southbound July 13th in two days. Started at 6 a.m. and set up camp at Deep Lake around 6 p.m. Decided last minute to take the Goldmyer Alternate route and finished up at Alpental late in the evening in day 2.

I do this Section a couple of times each year and am amazed at the great condition of the trail. A great big thank you to all those volunteers that do the hard work keeping the PCT safe and in good condition.

This was the earliest I have done this section and the snow was present in many areas, but very manageable. I also tend to camp at Deep Lake each time out and tolerate the mosquitoes. Lot’s of bug spray and am thinking of passing by next time to avoid them.

Great couple of days of solitude. Just what I needed.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful walk through burned forest, amazing views from the top. PCT was easy hiking in and not overly crowded.

Spectacular views of Glacier Peak.

Starting off just south of the timberline lodge and finishing at the locks is a really fun trip! We definitely had plenty of water sources along the way. The only stream crossings to worry about are the Sandy River and Muddy Creek, both are easy to pass even with a full pack. Since we only did this section we were still able to meet other Thur Hikers for the PCT both going north and south.

I recommend this section for anyone who has some experience, even the novice sort can make this a doable trip.

Would love to do it again right away, but I will definitely pack lighter and move faster!

Nice hike don't climb to the summit without gear-experience..Also there is no water so bring plenty.

backpacking
5 months ago

I solo hiked this section going SOBO in early July. With luck I had amazing weather each day, but still had to cross several snow fields even in July. This section offered lots of ups and downs with many switchbacks, scree with several stream ford crossings.

Loved this trail! Brought my dog and the trail is pretty exposed and sandy so she was having trouble with how hot the trail was. So I would use caution if you plan to bring a pup. Go early when the trail isn’t hot or put booties on them! Lupine blooming everywhere right now and it is so pretty. Will definitely be back!

JULY 4, 2018: accidentally did this hike with two of my friends. we were trying to hike the Rainy Lake Trail, but ended up on this one. Realized what was happening, then turned around after about 3 miles.
Trail was good, lots of different terrain. YOU NEED WATERPROOF BOOTS! lots of creeks to cross, which made it fun! some shade, but would definitely recommend going early in the morning to beat the heat.

Attempted a SOBO training hike this past weekend and had to turn back despite my spikes. Hopefully the sun this week will help

Completed small section from Humbug Summit Rd to Humboldt Peak. Beautiful views and clear trail.

I'm in awe of every hiker who has completed this trail and everybody who attempts it. You inspire me. This trail looks fantastic from what I have seen on YouTube and what I have heard about it. I wish I could attempt it but it is physically impossible for me to thru hike it due to medical reasons. You all are awesome. Happy trails... ☺

Long walk up to heartbreak ridge. Heartbreak ridge is no joke. But a great hike for anyone with 6-9 hours to spare and a little crazy.

Did not find this to be a hard hike but it was long, so be sure to bring enough water and food. Well worth the views of Rainier, Hood, and the gorge at the top. We took Heartbreak Ridge, which was steep but more shaded than the other route. Fairly well shaded through most of the hike.

Hiked this on 9/13. Very wet and rainy day and lots of deep puddles on the trail. The route was pretty well marked and there were 4 foot bridges over the streams (which looked like raging rivers because it was raining so hard). We decided to take the Heartbreak Ridge to the top and ran into snow that covered the rocks on the scramble. We got almost to the “pole” on HB Ridge and scrambled back down...definitely steep and challenging! We clocked 17.75 Miles on my iwatch...

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