Tamanous Trail to PCT & Gillette Lake

EASY 5 reviews

Tamanous Trail to PCT & Gillette Lake is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near North Bonneville, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.1 miles
1233 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running





Hiking to Gillette Lake via the Tamanous Trail shortcut out of the Bonneville Dam parking log.

14 days ago

This is a very easy trail that has a nice variation of scenery. Most of the hike is through clear-cut, which is kind of depressing. However the clear-cut makes for nice views and good exposure if the sun is out. My GPS clocked this hike as 7.7 miles if you follow the route marked on this listing. There is supposedly an overlook somewhere in the area, called Greenleaf, but we did not find it. It does not seem to be on the route mapped here. Trail was pretty muddy. Lakes are pretty. Nice views of the dam and mountains around. The lack of extreme vertical on this trail would make it good for trail running. Although it is kind of rocky. Totally worth the hike despite the clear-cut.

3 months ago

Interesting scenery, surroundings change from damp forest to rocky meadows, then the beautiful lake.

trail running
4 months ago

I stumbled upon this trail connection after stopping at Bonneville to let the pups out to potty. What a nice little surprise, getting to run on the PCT and see the change in scenery from forest to desert type landscape. The lake at the end, added bonus! My total mileage was 5.4 vs the 7+ mentioned above so maybe I needed to circle the lake to get that mileage.

All in all a very well kept trail, with great sections for running free.

4 months ago