trip reports

Columbia River Gorge (WA)

December 22, 2019

Hardy Creek loop hike

Besides the well known paths that lead up Beacon Rock, Hamilton Mountain, and Hardy Ridge, Beacon Rock State Park contains additional trails that make creating hike loops of varying distances possible.

November 29, 2019

Cape Horn hike

Cape Horn is located on the Columbia River in Washington, near the town of Washougal. The full loop hike is open from July 16 to January 31 each year. The upper section is open all year, but the lower section is closed from February to July 15 for peregrine falcon habitat.

April 27, 2019

Hardy Ridge hike

At Beacon Rock State Park, several former logging roads have been gated and turned into trails for hikers and equestrians. Beacon Rock and Hamilton Mountain are the more popular destinations here, while Hardy Ridge is far less crowded.

January 21, 2019

Hardy Ridge hike

At Beacon Rock State Park, several former logging roads have been gated and turned into trails for hikers and equestrians. Beacon Rock and Hamilton Mountain are the more popular destinations here, while Hardy Ridge is far less crowded.

May 12, 2018

Hardy Ridge hike

Hardy Ridge is located in Beacon Rock State Park in Southwest Washington. We started at the equestrian trailhead and did the loop counter-clockwise. 

April 10, 2017

Hamilton Mountain hike

The hike up to the summit of Hamilton Mountain offers many rewards: waterfalls and streams, interesting rock formations, and sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge.

October 18, 2015

Klicikitat River Trail

This section of the Klickitat River Trail is near where it enters the Columbia River at Lyle, Washington.

April 12, 2015

Catherine Creek wildflowers

Catherine Creek is located east of the Cascade Mountains on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. With open grasslands, ponderosa pine, and oak woodlands, the scenery is quite different from the western side of the Cascades.

October 9, 2014

Cape Horn

A close-in hike with sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge.

May 4, 2014

Horsethief Butte & Native American Petroglyphs

An exploration day at Horsethief Butte in Washington, including a special tour of a sacred Native American area with petroglyphs.