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Aldrich Butte Trail, WA

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 60 feet
Elevation Gain 1,100 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.67
Interest Historic & Peak
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
18  2010-08-29 Dano
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Preferred   May, Oct, Jun, Apr
Seasons   Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  7:06am - 4:38pm
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Defending the Dam
by Dano

This hike has great views, a bit of interesting history, and is easier than the nearby Hamilton or Table Mountain summits. It can also be accessed during the winter months because of its lower elevation, barring a major snowfall. Perhaps the trickiest part is finding the right trail/road, as there are no signs, and there are a few places you can easily take a wrong turn. You can see the butte as the middle rise in this photo, once you go through the underpass off of the highway. Once you find the Bonneville Hot Springs turnoff, turn right (East) and park in the paved parking lot. Walk around the resort and head up the road to the right. This road follows a gas pipeline, and after about 1/4 mile continues under a power line. Some of the roads going North from the power lines apparently lead nowhere. Look for the path to the right, just after you pass over a small running stream, with a pipeline marker. Quickly you head into the forest, and the trail heads North/Northwest for about 1/3 mile before it intersects with the jeep trail. Note the location for your return path (an alternative is to return down the jeep road to the power lines, and head East; there were some cars parked there, but other guides said that you must cross private property to get to this spot, so I can't recommend it).

Once on the jeep road, continue North until you reach a clearing, and then you will see the path that continues to Table Mountain. Go left here, and left again at a second nearby road. You will then be heading Southwest, and continue on the road to the summit. This last 1/2 mile portion is uphill the entire way. At the summit are great views of Bonneville Dam and Table Mountain. Apparently during World War II, the military took over what was a lookout tower (only the foundations remain), and installed a concrete gunner mount to defend the dam in case of an air invasion from the Pacific Ocean. There is reportedly a similar mount on Wauna point on the other side of the Gorge. The remains of a building foundation are also there, as is a survey marker. Good hike descriptions can be found in William Sullivan's "100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon", and in Douglas Lorain's "Afoot & Afield Portland/Vancouver". One of the better web sites I've found for the general area is nwhikers.net.

Dano

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    To hike
    From Vancouver take Washington Highway 14 to between mile markers 38 and 39, and turn North on Hot Springs Way (see photo above). Pass under the railroad and turn Right (East), and follow the road about 0.8 miles to the entrance to the hot springs (see photo).
    page created by Dano on Aug 29 2010 9:45 am
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