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Conditioning Hike: Table Mountain

Adventurous Young Mazamas
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Dec 02 7:45AM - 4:00PM

What we'll do
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One of the tallest and most distinct landmarks in the Columbia River Gorge, and perhaps one of the most difficult to climb on the Washington side. Well make a loop by ascending the Eastway Trail and descending the Westway Trail. If youre in excellent hiking shape and are looking for an adventure that will give you gasping lungs and sore leg muscles, this hike is for you. *Participants must be able to keep fast pace hiking uphill and downhill*

We will take a popular, less difficult trail that shortens the 16-mile roundtrip distance by about five miles. After a few miles well get to Heartbreak Ridge Trail, which strikes fear into the hearts of many because of its punishing grade. There is a gorgeous viewpoint at the top of this chute with an awesome view of the top of Table Mountain. After the extremely steep section of Heartbreak Ridge, the trail ends at a large rockslide that requires about 500 feet of hand over hand scrambling.

We will have lunch at the top. The viewpoints at the top give you the best view of the original Bridge of the Gods, the ancient land-bridge reported by Native Americans. The northern end or back end of Table Mountain (where the true summit lies) offers views of Mount Rainier and Mount Saint Helens to the north and Mount Adams to the east. Plan on stopping by Cascade Locks Ale House on the way back home for a bite and refreshments!

Hike: 9 miles round-trip, Elevation gain: 3,400 feet. Pace: 2.5mph. Drive: 80 miles round-trip. Trip fee: $2/$3 members/non-members. Suggested gas donation: 10 cents per mile. Bring rain gear and lunch. Depart at 8AM. No trailhead pass required. Please read Hiking Tips (https://mazamas.org/activities-events/aym-hiking-outing-tips/) information for gear checklists and expectations for participants.

What to bring
Water, lunch, rain gear, 10 essentials.

Important to know
You must be in excellent hiking condition to come on this hike.

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