RSVP's will open at 12:00 Noon today!
TOTAL MILES: 9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2200 ft
PACE: “Quick” (2-2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate – Difficult due to distance and elevation gain
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 4 -4.5 hours
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.