A favorable weather outlook for the weekend makes for a good day to climb to Phlox Point. The hike up to Hardy Ridge is not too exciting, but becomes much better during the final mile along the ridge. If the weather stays clear, we should have good views of Mt Hood, Mt Adams and possibly Mt Rainier. We can take a side trip of about 1.5 miles down to Hardy Creek and back if there's interest.
Saturday and Sunday June 7-8 are Washington State Parks "Free Days", so a Washington Discover parking pass is not required for the state park trailhead lot we'll be using.
Rating: Mostly moderate with some difficult sections
Distance: 10 miles (including Hardy Creek side trip)
Elevation gain: 2,200 feet
Hiking time: About 6 hours
Hiking pace: About 2 mph
Driving distance: 70 miles round-trip; please bring at least $7 for gas.
Parking pass: No pass required on June[masked]
Bring: Ten essentials, water, lunch, non-cotton clothing (especially denim jeans)
GPS track: http://gpsfly.org/g/3300
We'll meet at the southeast corner (the one nearest Fred Meyer) of the Gateway Transit Center parking garage and carpool to the trailhead.
Trailhead directions from Portland:
1. From the Gateway parking garage, drive north on I-205 and cross the Columbia River into Washington.
2. Take Exit #27 (the first in Washington) onto Washington SR 14 east and go 28 miles east to Kupfer Road.
3. Turn left onto Kupfer Road and go 1 mile north to the equestrian trailhead road.
4. Turn right onto the equestrian trailhead road and go 0.3 mile to the large gravel parking lot. The trailhead's GPS co-ordinates are N45°38.462' W122°01.942'
If there is interest, we can stop on the way back for drinks and/or dinner. I anticipate being back at Gateway by 6PM, but I can't guarantee it. If you really need to be back by a specific time, please don't sign up!
PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK! Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trailhead or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.