Hardy Ridge Loop Hike

 RSVP's will open at 12:00 Noon today!

TOTAL MILES: 9.0 miles


PACE:   “Quick” (2-2.5 mph)

DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate – Difficult due to distance and elevation gain


PERMITS:  Washington Discover Pass


CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 80 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $8.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute.  Thanks!


The Hardy Ridge trailhead begins at the back of Beacon Rock State Park. The hike begins following a gated road so footing is easy.  We will hike in a counter clockwise loop, taking a gated forest road up the east flank of Hardy Ridge and then taking the connector trail to the ridgeline.  We will then follow the ridge trail north through open and wooded areas until we reach Phlox Point.  If the weather cooperates we will be rewarded with outstanding views of the gorge, many of its peaks, as well as Mt Adams and Mt Hood.  We will break for lunch on the ridge before retracing the ridge trail to our original summit point, then head down the west flank of Hardy Ridge, following switchbacks that will spills into the main road for a return to the trailhead.


NOTE:  Parts of the ridge trail are brushy and somewhat overgrown. If the weather is wet I recommend bringing rain pants as well as jackets.  NO COTTON.



Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening.  The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.


Dogs not allowed on this trip.


What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks

• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear (Shell and pants if weather is wet)

• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*

• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)

• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water


*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter.  For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.


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  • Dawn


    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Tim F

    Out Hiking with new friends is better than being in the city regardless of the weather. Great Job Steve. Thanks.

    1 · April 6, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thank you for driving us. I hope the dollar bills dried out okay. :)

      April 7, 2013

  • Steve

    Great group of hikers... real troopers on a very wet day...always good to get out! Thanks everyone!

    1 · April 6, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thanks for leading us. You were a wonderful leader. I know for me, it was the highlight of my week. Your work and kindness is very much appreciated.

      1 · April 7, 2013

  • Dawn

    Thanks Steve for being an amazing leader, hanging back and the fire.....even on this wet, blustery day, and being sick, still enjoyable and a great group of people!!!

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • Roberta M

    Great leadership, good pace. Wet day,. Want to go this again on a sunny day .

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • Michelle

    So much fun. Thanks again.

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • Nikki Edwards

    Wet, but fun!

    April 6, 2013

  • Matt

    Great hike - Steve did an awesome job and it was as pleasurable as a hike in cold wind blown rain can be :)

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • becky raskin

    the person I've been caring for for the past year is dying tonight.

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Nikki Edwards


    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Steve

    Hey hikers, Just a reminder... the weather is promising to exhibit its best spring conditions in the form of 70% chance of rain on Saturday so make sure you pack your rain gear!...Looking forward to getting out there with evryone!

    April 5, 2013

  • Zachary

    As a general rule we ask that folks not just show up at the trailhead. There are several reasons for this. One is that Wilderness Regulations generally limit the number of "heartbeats" within a given party (I don't believe that this applies to Beacon Rock SP). More importantly though is that we the Hike Leaders are all volunteers, and as such we also want to have a good time out there, which gets more and more difficult as the size of a group expands.

    1 · April 5, 2013

    • Ross Mikel

      Would it be ok, if I brought my older sister as a plus one for the hike since its my first hike with the group?

      April 5, 2013

    • Steve

      Hey Ross, Thanks for checking, this hike is actually at its limit and I didnt open it up to +1's since there is such a large waitlist. There is always a chance of openings late in the day or in the early morning even with the changing weather so she should stay posted and try to snag a spot if one opens up.

      April 5, 2013

  • Anna Esko

    Hi everyone, I am on the waitlist. But will still go on this hike regardless (hope that is ok) I am driving from NE Portland and can give anyone a ride if they need one from the Portland Area. Let me know!!

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My foster dog is going to his new people Sat afternoon. Sorry to miss this one with old and some new friends.

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Jeff

    I just did this hike on Saturday - it's a fantastic hike! The sweeping views on the Gorge and of Adams and Hood are spectacular. Hope you have good weather. Have fun!

    April 1, 2013

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