Gillette Lake is a 10.0 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bonneville, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.0 km Elevation Gain: 318 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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hiking
1 day ago

First time to Gillette Lake today. It was easy-mod with slight up/down in elevation... very doable. The trail was partially overgrown in most places, so I would recommend wearing long pants/sleeves. The trail (PCT) is a combo of National Forest Land and private property, so it does go through a few clear cuts. Warning: lots of poison oak, esp once you get to the second clear cut and beyond. The lake is really pretty and the guys caught some nice little brook trout! Catch and release fly fishing. There's a private gravel road right above the lake that had a fair amount of large truck traffic (hauling rock), just FYI. That and the powerlines decreased the ambiance a little. A truck driver stopped to tell us that there's a mama bear with two cubs in the area, but we didn't see them. Overall pleasant hike, and fun to stop and fish for awhile.

12 days ago

Still closed due to COVID 19. Back when we were there it was an easy out and back. Relatively short and little elevation gain. Bonus is you can swim in the lake, which frankly is more of a pond.

closed
27 days ago

closed as of May 9th

1 month ago

ALL TRAILS FROM THIS TRAILHEAD ARE CLOSED DUE TO COVID. signs say those who hike anyway are subject to arrest (which is overkill if you ask me, but whatever)

hiking
1 month ago

Saw a black bear, it was epic!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail. Just be warned bathrooms are locked due to Coronavirus. Perhaps find a stop before you get on trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail that wasn’t ridiculously crowded due to COVID-19. People said it was more crowded than normal but I felt like we were able to maintain social distance. My dog loved swimming in the lake.

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rocky
2 months ago

about 4 miles in is a nice view of the gorge

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Perfect day yesterday 3/19/20! The trail is muddy in some spots, & getting closer to the lake it gets quite rocky, but all in all a great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail because it’s mostly along the PCT. perfect level of challenge and ease along the entire trail. Not well signed but the all trails map made it easy. The trailhead is at bonneville trailhead. Really nice campsites along the creek about 2.5 miles in. Great great hike!

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rocky
2 months ago

Mild to moderately challenging trail just off the Columbia River. Spectacular scenery of birds, greenery, the cascade foothills & bodies of water, including Spring Lake, Columbia River & Gilette Lake. Gets muddy in some sections, so wear good trail shoes. Very peaceful & an incredible trail run, I'm sure.

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muddy
2 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

Pretty lake but all in all an underwhelming hike

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muddy
3 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

It was a fabulous hike yesterday day 2/29/20 just a little muddy the first mile! The lake didn’t disappoint it was Tiffany Blue like no other! 6.2 miles in and out. Nichole

Pretty forest walk with falls at the end. Not difficult at all just long

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little hike. Nothing amazing. Trail was well-maintained. Horses are allowed, but luckily it seems as though there is not much horse usage (meaning that there was no poop on the trail). Was a little muddy but not too bad.

hiking
3 months ago

Ok hike. Gillette lake is pretty but hiking for close to 3 miles and then having a road right there and power lines takes away from the feeling of accomplishment and reward. I went on another mile, passing another little lake and crossing a couple streams on bridges. Nice but wouldn’t go again.

backpacking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
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rocky
3 months ago

hiking
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4 months ago

muddy
4 months ago

rain, mud, soggy etc. gorgeous.

recorded Gillette Lake

hiking
4 months ago

Chris’ Bday hike, 44 Wet. Rainy. Walking Man!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful area! Went with some snow so the first mile was super muddy ! Want to come back in the summer again . Bathrooms by parking and the trail keeps going if you want it to on to the pacific crest trail

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