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The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Greenleaf Overlook Hike
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Map of Greenleaf Overlook Hike

Length: 8 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 600' gain
Season: Year Round
Difficulty:    Moderate due to length of hike
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required
GPS:   N45 39.042, W121 56.07
Latitude:   45.6507
Longitude:   -121.9345

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A great hike that is available nearly every day of the year. There are times when the gorge is iced-in and none of the hikes are available, but for the most part, one can hike this trail any time.

Beginning at the Bonneville Dam Trail head, the hike heads east to hookup with the popular Pacific Crest Trail. Following this trail north the hike brings you to Gillette Lake, which is one of many lakes formed by the incredible geological event that created the Bridge of the Gods.

The north half of Table Mountain and of Greenleaf Mountain fell into the gorge, creating the Bridge of the Gods, and also creating opportunities for many small lakes to form. After passing Gillette Lake, you cross a number of streams and pass another lake on your way to Greenleaf Overlook.

This point is a good destination in that you have a good view of the Columbia River Gorge and the surrounding features.

Greenleaf Overlook trail
Greenleaf Overlook trail

How to get there:

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.

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