trip reports

April 27, 2019

Hardy Ridge hike

Location: Columbia River Gorge, Beacon Rock State Park, Washington
Distance: 8.2 miles 1,950 ft gain

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.

The lower part of the trail is through forest on closed forest roads, the middle section is a narrower trail that switchbacks up the forested ridge, while the upper portion is a rocky ridge with sweeping views of the Gorge.

Hardy Ridge hike

super green forest on the hike up

Hardy Ridge hike

Trilliums were common alongside the trail

Hardy Ridge hike

almost to the junction with the ridge trail

Hardy Ridge hike

looking east with the Columbia River in the background

Hardy Ridge hike

part of the ridge trail

Hardy Ridge hike

view to the east with Table Mountain on the left

Hardy Ridge hike

view to the southeast with Hamilton Mountain on the right

Hardy Ridge hike

bear scat!!

Hardy Ridge loop hike

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