hikes

April 10, 2017

Hamilton Mountain hike

The hike up to the summit of Hamilton Mountain offers many rewards, with several waterfalls on Hardy Creek, interesting rock formations, and sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge. The trail is quite steep in sections, so you have to work for the rewards. The total distance for this loop is about 7 miles, with 2,300 feet elevation gain.

In one mile, reach Hardy Creek and viewpoints for Hardy Falls, Rodney Falls and Pool of the Winds. This is a popular hike, and while the crowds thin after the waterfalls, there are still plenty of people on the trail. Take the shorter but much steeper route for outstanding viewpoints on the way to the summit (2,392 ft.). The views at the summit are limited to the east, but continue on the trail for about another half mile to a saddle with panoramic views in both directions. We took the Hardy Creek trail back to make this a modified loop hike (known as a lollipop loop).

A Washington Discovery Pass is required for parking at the trailhead. Facilities include a pay station, picnic tables and restrooms.

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starting the hike

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Hardy Creek

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Pool of the Winds and Rodney Falls

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Rodney Falls

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recent trail repairs

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view of Beacon Rock

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below the rocky cliffs

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viewpoint on the way to the summit

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looking east at the Columbia River Gorge

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view to the west

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enjoying the views from our lunch-time stop

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views to the east, including Table Mountain, Wind Mountain, Dog Mountain and the Columbia River

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saddle behind the summit

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looking back from the saddle at Hamilton Mountain

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looping back on an old forest road

 

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