Gillette Lake
Central Gorge, Washington
Resting at Gillette Lake (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
Hike Details
Out and back
5.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
648 feet
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
Trailhead Pass:
Trail Details
Beautiful Views
This trail provides an easy hike in the beautiful, forested heights surrounding the Gorge. Start by taking the graveled Tamanous Trail from Bonneville Trailhead (on the Washington side). The trail begins to climb; stop at the lookout for a view of the dam below. Approximately .5 miles from the trailhead, turn left onto the Pacific Crest Trail. Two unnamed ponds can be seen from the trail, and old forest roads run across the path. Table Mountain and Greenleaf Peak are visible as the trail comes into clear-cut areas, after which you walk over the small hills of a 500-year-old landslide. The trail then climbs again to cross an access road, and continues just downhill to the lake.
Deer, ducks, and other wildlife can be enjoyed from the docks or shore of the lake, and fishermen can enjoy the golden trout with which the lake is stocked.
Stay on the trail throughout this hike, as some of the land is privately owned and only the pathway has been designated for use by the public.
Hike by Bus! The Skamania County WET Bus stops at this trailhead. Plan your next trip using this service with our suggested hike itinerary. Learn more.
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Directions & Travel Tips

North Bonneville Trailhead:  From Oregon, take I-84 to Exit #44/Cascade Locks. Follow the signs to Bridge of the Gods/Stevenson and cross the bridge ($2 toll). Take a left and travel east on WA Hwy 14 for about a mile and a half. After you see Bonneville Dam on your left, start looking for the trailhead sign on your right. From Vancouver, travel east on WA Hwy 14 for 35 miles. After you pass Beacon Rock State Park and the town of North Bonneville, you'll see Bonneville Dam on your right. Just past the dam on the left side of the highway is the Bonneville Trailhead.