Explore the most popular hiking trails near North Bonneville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
29 days ago

Trails are well marked and easy to walk, but nothing special to see. The lake was disappointing.

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.

Nice stroll by the river with my dog today

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

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 loved this hike. You’ll love it too if you seek to get away from city noise, all you hear for 7 miles is creaking trees and birds. I saw maybe two other people on a cool Saturday mid morning which says a lot about foot traffic. The lake is a nice resting place, clear and beautiful.

Trail IsClosed At This Time. The Historic Columbia River Highway is Closed Until Further Notice. This Includes Trails Between Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah, and Trails Between Multnomah and Ainsworth State Park. The Road Is Only Open To State Troopers, Game and WildLife Patrolmen, and Residents That Live On That Road. Anyone Caught Trying To Hike Said Trails Are Fined. This Is All Due To The Bad Fire They Had Last Year And Several Told Me They Aren't Sure When It Should Be Open. One Trooper Told Me It's Looking Like It Will Be June 2019. :( That Means Oneonta George, Oneonta Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Larch Mountain Overlook, Fairy Falls, & Wahkeena Falls Are All Closed Until Further Notice. If You Are Looking For Alternatives, You Can Look Into Multnomah Falls & Trails, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Vista House. You Can Also Take A Drive To Ramona Falls.

Beautifully kept trail with the chance for some great vistas of the gorge along the way (a rarity with the tree cover on most trails!)
Definitely very steep but the trail is even and mostly packed dirt. Great to get behind horsetail falls! On the western side of the bridge that crosses Oneonta at the top you can scramble down into the Riverbed and come right up to the edge of the falls into the Oneonta Gorge (which, incidentally is the most beautiful hike in the area if you can beat the crowds)

3 months ago

We did this hike in 93 degree heat and very dry conditions; it was not at the top of our list of hikes. Very overgrown, very few places to stop. Not great views on the way. We enjoyed hikes along water ways much more than this one.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this hike not too bad compared to Saddle Mt. The rewarding part is arriving at Gillette Lake to cool down at. Plenty of blackberries we found along the way & beautiful flowers. Be careful of the bees though- make sure you don’t wear anything perfume/fragrance on your body- They will think you are a flower. Plenty of shaded spots in case you need to rest & nice camp grounds to find. If you bring your dog- check their pads after the trail. They get scuffed up easily due to gravel/rock. Next time I think I will camp there. It’s such a peaceful trail and not crowded.

This is a great hike with some rugged terrain. Great views. Lots of varied parts of the trail in/out of the sun. When it feels like you are in the middle of a wasteland, you’re almost to the lake. Easy trail to the water to sit for a snack.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty good hike. Be sure to pay attention though. I had assumed since the trail went to the second lake, so that one must be Gillette right? I was wrong and its not really worth the extra little bit to get there. Overall though still very please the few views you do get are quite amazing of the gorge, and its still possible to take in the beauty of the Oregon scars

Trail head starts off at N. Bonneville and after about .5 miles you can take either a right to go to the bridge of the gods or left to head to Gillette lake. We headed to the lake first and back to the trail seperation which totaled about 5 miles and went ahead and completed it by following the Trail of the Gods trail where I was picked up across the Bridge. All the trails were easy but offer nice views of the mountains. Bridge of the Gods trail was lacking in views and followed a power line so it was less than thrilling but the walk over the bridge was invigorating. Watch our of poison oak! It was everywhere. I totaled 7 miles exactly doing it this way.

hiking
4 months ago

The lake was worth it. The trail left a lot to be desired for me. My daughter got bored too without some of the views and waterfalls the gorge has to offer. The lake was very cool though and hiking on part of the PCT is always a fun adventure.

Good hike, forest covered and well marked. Lake was beautiful

Push through every step, the outcome is worth it! It can be a tough hike, but that's the gorge. Push through, and you see some of the most beautiful parts of Oregon.

hiking
5 months ago

This stretch of the PCT is overgrown along its entirety with abundant poison oak. Literally miles of it, some hip high, along the trail. Wish we had not gone near it and plan on spending the evening washing dogs, gear, ourselves. Ugh. Stay away!!

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.

Not as muddy any more. Not too crowded compared to other gorge trails.

hiking
7 months ago

Just did this trail yesterday. Be advised that it is super muddy and slippery right now, so to add some extra time into your plans to compensate for moving a bit slower. But it’s a great 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...

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail, although the trail was kind of muddy. We hiked out of the woods in a more open area and we spotted lots of beautiful common garter snakes. Bald eagles all over the place.
Gilette lake is not that special but on a sunny day it is enjoyable.
Looking to the west...who are those two rocky persons sitting on top of that isolated rock? Is one of them wearing a hat?

This is a nice trail.
Recently there has been some amateur back slope cutting that’s made the trend more uneven than needed.

hiking
8 months ago

We started at Bonneville TH and hiked to Gillette Lake. About 6 miles round trip. The trail is not too crowded and hikers were out for solitude and escape. Some horse traffic but overall a wonderful hike.

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.

This is definitely more in the 16 mile range. Started about 8:30 AM and returned to the trailhead just after 5 PM. Moved pretty swiftly with a few stops for layering and about a half hour for lunch. Trail is in great condition. Don't underestimate the final 1.5 - 2 miles on the way up (and down for that matter). Steep and tricky footing, very time consuming. Absolutely worth the hike!!

We only visited the lower part of this trail because we were on our way to Multnomah falls and made a quick pit stop. The waterfall is strong and powerful and if it's windy you'll definitely get some mist on you. It's a very nice area to stop and look at scenery and to hike if you're aiming for this hike. There's a huge pond at the bottom of the waterfall that you can walk down to but don't expect to not get wet!

nice easy good day hike. not too crowded. fun in the snow.

11 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views of the river, dam and beacon rock. Good hike for the dogs. Trails are well maintained.

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