This very popular trail has a feast of features for hikers, including waterfalls, craggy cliffs, deep forests, superb vistas, and a loop option for the trek. The outing can done at any time of year although you will want to pay attention to icy spots in the winter. The summit itself is thicketed and offers limited views, but a bench a few yards back gives you a vista to the east of Table Mountain and the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Other views come from the trail on the way up and at the Hamilton Mountain Saddle as you continue on the loop.

Link to Oregon Hikers.

Activity Notes

Hamilton Mountain, a classic hike on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, under winter conditions. Parking in Beacon Rock State Park is free on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. If you have the day off--and all the gear on the lengthy required gear list--why not join us? There is potential for snow and/or icy conditions. For that reason, micro-spikes or yak-trax are required, and trekking poles are strongly recommended. 

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 88 miles
Distance - Round Trip 7 miles
Expected Duration Car to car in one day
Relevant Maps CG3
Awards Qualified Waterfall Award
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