Length: 4 Miles round trip
Elevation Change: 700' Elevation gain
Season: Year Round
Permit: No Pass Requirement
Click for PDF Topo Map of this Hike
Here is a little jewel of a hike
located just inside of the Gifford
Pinchot National Forest in the Columbia
River Gorge National Scenic Area.
There is not official trail head for
this hike and the map above offers
Regardless of which way you begin
this hike, eventually you end up
on the same old logging road which
you will follow for about a mile.
For the most part you will be hiking
in heavily forested areas. But
just before you leave this old road
you will be offered glimpses of the
Table Mountain complex.
Shortly afterwards, the road does
a switchback and then splits. Take
a sharp left and follow the old road
bed trail up the north and west sides
of Aldrich Butte. Just before you
reach the top you will be able to
enjoy vistas of the Columbia River
Gorge, including Bonneville Dam.
From the top of Aldrich Butte you
have an outstanding view of Table
Mountain to the north, the Columbia
River with Augspurger Mountain to
the east, and the Benson Plateau
and Tanner Ridge to the south
Table Mountain as seen from the summit of Aldrich Butte
How to get there:
From Portland, OR
From Portland, travel east on Interstate Hwy 84 to Exit 44 to Cascade Locks.
Exit the freeway and cross over the Columbia River into Washington
via the Bridge of the Gods (toll bridge). Then turn left, or west, and head
about 3.2 miles to Hot Springs Road. Turn right and pass under
the railroad tracks, then turn right at the 1st intersection onto
Cascade Drive. Follow this road for about 2 miles around the east side
of Greenleaf Slough, and around past the former Bonneville Hotsprings Resort and
then west along the slough to a junction with an unnamed power line
service road. Take the service road about a tenth of a mile up a
steep poorly surfaced road and at the first intersection, park and
walk up the road to the left, which is the trail to Aldrich Butte.
From Vancouver, WA
From I-205 exit for SR 14 in Vancouver, WA travel east on SR14 through
past Camas and Washougal and past Beacon Rock for about 32 miles and
you will come to Hot Springs Road on your left. Turn left and follow
this road under the railroad to the junction with Cascade Drive.
Turn right at the 1st intersection onto Cascade Drive.
Follow this road for about 2 miles around the east side
of Greenleaf Slough, and around past the former Bonneville Hotsprings Resort.
Since May of 2016, we need to no longer travel to the old trailhead
that used to be used for Table Mountain and Aldrich Butte as it
crosses over private land. So, now you need to park along Greenleaf Slough
and walk the road to an access point.
Note: An alternate trailhead can be found by just walking
up the power line service road a quarter mile or so, as indicated
on the map, but parking is extremely limited.
Note: This trail/road is used by motorbikes and ATVs.