Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Bridge of the Gods

Hike Section H of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in southern Washington. The journey starts at White Pass climbing straight up into the Goat Rocks Wilderness Areas, to Indian Heaven, through the Wind River Experimental Forest, and finishing with a walk across the Bridge of the Gods over the Columbia River Gorge. It's a challenging backpacking trip of nearly 148 miles and 28,000 feet of elevation gain.

Getting There

White Pass

Drive to the White Pass Campground and Pacific Crest Trail Trailhead (4,400 ft) on SR-12, 20 miles east of Packwood and 50 miles west of Yakima.

Bridge of the Gods

From the Puget Sound area, head south on I-5 for 147 miles to I-205S toward Salem.  Take I-205 to Exit 22 for US-184 East toward The Dalles. Go 34 miles to Exit 44 for US-30 East toward Cascade Locks/Stevenson and drive a half mile to Bridge of the Gods.

On the Trail

Suggested Itinerary

147.5 Miles One-way, 27,966 feet of elevation gain, 7,800 ft high point, Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Day 1 - Whites Pass to Shoe Lake, 6.7 miles
  • Day 2 -  Shoe Lake to Walput Lake, 25.3 miles
  • Day 3 - Walput Lake to Burnt Rock, 22.7 miles
  • Day 4 - Burnt Rock to Wood Lake, 27.4 miles
  • Day 5 - Wood Lake to Gobblers Knob, 22.4  miles
  • Day 6 - Gobblers Knob to Rock Creek Pass, 22.9 miles
  • Day 7 - Rock Creek Pass to Bridge of the Gods Trailhead, 15.8 miles

PCT Miles

  • 147.5 PCT miles
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 147.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 27,996 ft
  • 7,800 ft
Map
  • Green Trails White Pass No. 303
  • Green Trails Wind River No. 397
  • Green Trails Lone Butte No. 365
  • Green Trails Blue Lake No. 334
  • Green Trails Lookout Mtn No.396
  • Green Trails Walupt Lake No. 335
  • Green Trails Bridal Veil No. 428
  • Green Trails Mt Adams West No. 366
  • Green Trails Mount Adams No. 367S
  • Green Trails Columbia River Gorge West No. 428S
  • Green Trails Goat Rocks William O Douglas Wilderness No. 303S
  • Green Trails Indian Heaven Wilderness No. 365S
  • Green Trails Bonneville Dam No. 429
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Seattle MAC - Long-Distance Backpacking Trip - Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Bridge of the Gods

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
PCT Section H, Columbia River to Whites Pass, 148 Miles, 8-days, plus 2-days of driving.
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Sun, Aug 20, 2023 - Sat, Sep 2, 2023
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Jun 1; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
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