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PCT: Cascade Locks to Highway 12 (at White Pass)

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

149.2 mile 240.0 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 27,424' 8,359 m
Descent: -23,213' -7,075 m
High: 7,187' 2,190 m
Low: 103' 31 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by Samantha Morlan

A section of the Pacific Crest Trail that climbs into the mountains from the Bridge of the Gods.

Samantha Morlan

Features Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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Runner Notes

The incline can be steep.

Description

Beginning over the Hood River, which borders Oregon and Washington state, the trail climbs up into the mountains. The elevation changes between every 4 miles - from gradual incline to steep incline. The sites are gorgeous! There are a few things to look out for along the way including overgrown poison oak and boulder cliffs. The best time to go is July, however, it is still very likely to rain along this section, so bring your rain gear.

There are multiple junctions to veer off on to sight see - including Table Top Mountain. Finding a campsite is fairly easy; however, there are a few sections that are campless and force you to move on.

There are two main towns are along the trail, only 10 miles away from their junction (Trout Lake City, White Pass) which are great for a good hot meal and some down time. Water sources are plentiful and usually clean enough for a filter. You'll pass by a few lakes that are fairly dry.

This section ends at the ski resort (White Pass) by Highway 12, which is also the only post office along this section for a supply drop.

Flora & Fauna

Constant blanket of evergreens. Banana slugs on the trail. Wild sunshine raspberries are a great snack in season. Wildflowers and tall grass at the top of the peaks.

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May 25, 2019
Matt Catallo
Ran it to Table Mountain. Was fantastic. Be prepared to scramble for Dog. 16.4mi — 3h 30m
Nov 25, 2016
Zach Roamer
Beautiful section of trail, table mountain would be doable with an earlier start 12mi

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Fields of lupine and american bistort blanket the Goat Rocks Wilderness.
Feb 6, 2017 near Morton, WA
The views are spectacular looking down the drainage toward Packwood Lake and Mt. Rainier.
May 18, 2017 near Morton, WA
View from the cliff.
Aug 16, 2016 near Stevenson, WA
Gorgeous slopes.
Aug 16, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
View from The Bridge of the Gods towards Washington.
Aug 16, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
Camping Indian Heaven
Dec 20, 2018 near Carson, WA

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