Gillette Lake

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Pacific Crest Trail

Trail Stats: 5.4 miles round trip // Level: Easy to Moderate // Elevation Gain: 200 ft

This trail offers easy day-hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. The terrain is dominated by second growth Douglas Fir trees which is a section of the Pacific Crest Trail on an easement through private timberlands. The trail takes you east to hook up with the popular Pacific Crest Trail, then follow it north to Gillette Lake (about 2.7 miles). Gillette Lake is one of many lakes that were formed by the incredible geological event that created the Bridge of the Gods. The lake is stocked with golden trout and there are often ducks as well, particularly in the winter. There’s recent evidence of beaver activity on the shore of the lake. Deer are common around dusk, feeding in the clearcuts. The lake often has a green coloration that gives it some nice character and tranquility.

Driving Directions:

From Stevenson, travel approximately five miles to the Bonneville Trailhead (just across from Bonneville Dam). From the parking lot, start out on a gravel road, but quickly divert up a wooded path that starts straight uphill.18 miles from Stevenson, WA

5 miles west of Stevenson


NW Forest Pass required

Gillette Lake Washington
Resting at Gillette Lake (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
Leave No Trace
  • #1 | Plan ahead and prepare
  • #2 | Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • #3 | Dispose of waste properly
  • #4 | Leave what you find
  • #5 | Minimize campfire impacts
  • #6 | Respect Wildlife
  • #7 | Be considerate of others