hike: Hardy Ridge
Distance: 8.6 miles
Elevation gain: 2,100 ft
Passes: Discover Pass is required ($10 for a day pass, pay at the trailhead)
OregonHikers hike description
Hardy Ridge is located in Beacon Rock State Park in Southwest Washington. We started at the equestrian trailhead and did the loop counter-clockwise.
This was my first time doing this hike and I really liked it. The forest section is similar to nearby Hamilton, and once you are on the ridge, it is similar to the saddle behind Hamilton, but higher up and more open with space to spread out. Bonus: there were a lot fewer people on this trail. There were a few wildflowers getting started in the exposed areas, but there will be a lot more in a few weeks.