From the Equestrian Trailhead: The Equestrian trailhead is the only multiuse (equestrian, bicycle, hiker) access point for the park and the trailhead for Hardy Ridge. It is also a great place to start your hike for Hamilton Mountain on a busy weekend day, as there is usually parking available. Head up the moderate, multi-use double track meandering through mature second growth. After a varied climb reach the first trail junction at 1.22 miles.
Go left on West Hardy Trail to head up towards Hardy Ridge. A mile and a quarter up enjoy westerly views, at a little over a mile and half the trail intersects with Hardy Ridge Trail (hikers only). Hikers continue up Hardy Ridge Trail ascending the recently rerouted switchbacks to the spine of the ridge at 2580’ in two thirds of a mile. Enjoy panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. The ridge is abound with wildflowers in spring and early summer. Descend eastward reaching East Hardy Trail (double track) in a little over a half mile. Continue on East Hardy Trail passing an intersection with Bridge Trail at .82 miles, in another .78 miles reach another four way junction with the Equestrian Trail. Go right on Equestrian Trail to return to trailhead in 1.8 mil
Hike from the equestrian trailhead at Beacon Rock State Park. We will do a loop along the West and East Hardy Ridge trails. If the snow allows, we will got to Phlox Point. If the weather is good, we may also enjoy nice vistas if the weather is good. Parking at the trailhead requires a Washington Discover Pass.
Trail will be snowy and icy. Bring ten essentials, microspikes, and weather-appropriate clothing. Poles recommended but optional. We will go a moderate pace.
Hike will be cancelled if too windy or other bad weather.
Pre-BCEP conditioner. Many groups also hike this in it's longer version (Hardy-Hamilton Loop) as a BCEP conditioner.
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