Hardy Creek loop hike

hike: Hardy Creek loop

Location: Beacon Rock State Park in Southwest Washington
7.3 miles 1,240 ft gain

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. This loop starts at the less crowded Equestrian trailhead and instead of climbing to viewpoints, it features mossy forests and Hardy Creek as highlights. Most of the trails in this area are former roads, and there’s even a vault toilet about half way in on the hike.

We did the loop in this order (see the map below):

  • Equestrian Trail to Loop Trail
  • Loop Trail back to Equestrian Trail
  • Equestrian Trail to Upper Hardy Creek Trail
  • Upper Hardy Creek Trail to Hardy Bridge Trail
  • Hardy Bridge Trail to East Hardy Ridge Trail
  • East Hardy Ridge Trail to Equestrian Trail and the trailhead
Hardy Creek loop hike

the Loop Trail

Hardy Creek loop hike

Hardy Creek

Hardy Creek loop hike

bridge over Hardy Creek

Hardy Creek loop hike

Hardy Creek

Hardy Creek loop hike

Upper Hardy Creek Trail

Hardy Creek loop hike

Hardy Creek loop map

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