Hike to Aldrich Butte and Gillette Lake

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Added by Tim Ploeger

Enjoy a Great Columbia Gorge view with minimal effort, hike along an awesome portion of the PCT and rest at a lake with great spot for lunch or a camp fire.

The hike or run begins in the parking lot of the Bonneville Hot Springs. There is an obvious trailhead from the gravel day-use parking lot that climbs fairly steeply for a half-mile or so.

You will then reach a slightly wider trail/jeep track...Go right. In a few hundred feet there will be a fork in the trail. Go left to climb up to Aldrich Butte (about a half-mile to the top), which is only about 1000 feet high but has great panoramic view of the Gorge and of the Dams right around Cascade Locks. I didn't camp but I have heard it's a good camping spot.

Come back down and continue up the hill (or right at the initial fork in the trail) and climb an easy hill for another mile or so until you intersect the PCT. The PCT is very small single-track at that point so be sure not to miss it. Go right on the PCT and hike as long as you want. Gillette Lake is about 2 miles from the intersection. (The PCT eventually goes to the Bridge of the Gods maybe 3+ miles past Gillette Lake)

You can jump in the hot-tub or pool at the Bonneville Hot Spring Resort but it's $15/hour and while the water comes from the hot spring, for all intents and purposes, it's just a hotel hot tub.

Pack List

  • Day parking pass from the resort ($5)
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Trail shoes
  • Camera
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Fitness, Hiking, Running

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2100 Feet


Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Hot Springs

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Added by Tim Ploeger

Industrial designer during the week and trail runner whenever I can be.

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