Hamilton Mountain is one of the best climbs/hikes in the Columbia Gorge and for good reason. The views are great with Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams visible in the distance and most other Gorge peaks visible, such as Mt. Defiance, Tanner Butte, Chinidere Mt., Wind Mt., Yeon Mt., and Larch Mt. to mention a few. The trailhead starts out at Beacon Rock and passes waterfalls before a challenging switchback climb of over 2,000 vertical feet to the windy, exposed summit.