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Hamilton Mountain

Hamilton Mountain

Date: February 17, 2013


TOTAL MILES: Round trip is 6.7 miles.

ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 4-5 hours, depending on size of the group

ELEVATION GAIN: 2,100 vertical feet gain


WEATHER FORECAST: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44


PERMITS: WA Discovery Pass

$$$: Suggested donation for outing: $2.00 for members and non-members.

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is approximately 70 miles; we suggest a mileage donation of $0.10 per mile per passenger.

Note-this is a carbon neutral outing, $.25/person from outings donation is used to offset carbon released for the trip.

Directions to Carpool: Note: This is the Marshall Center in Vancouver, WA, and is not the Fred Meyers on Mill Plain and I-205. Where we used to meet. We will meet at the parking lot at the Marshall Center, 1009 East McLoughlin Blvd. Park on the west or right side of the building as you face the building, in the second row. There will be other cars in the lot, so be sure and write down my cell # below.

If you have questions about the hike or what to bring, call Mike Newsham at[masked], [masked] . This cell number will work for communication purposes on the day of the hike.

Route Description: From the trail head at Beacon Rock State Park, we will take the Hamilton Mountain Trail to Hardy Falls and Rodney Falls. From there we will cross the bridge over Hardy Creek and continue to the cliff-edge with views of the Columbia Gorge. 1.8 miles further up the trail is the summit of Hamilton Mtn. where we will stop for lunch. Depending on trail conditions (how much snow there is on the ridge leading north from the summit), we may continue the loop or retreat back down the trail to the parking lot. There will likely be some snow on this route, so be sure to bring trekking poles.

Here's a link to a trip report of this hike from 2/2/2013:


  • Water (min 2 liters/person)
  • Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
  • A water-resistant hat, rain jacket and pants (even if sunny out)
  • Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Whistle
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Matches (stored in a water tight container in addition to matches or a butane lighter)
  • First aid supplies (be sure to include an extra day of any medication you are taking or might need
  • Pocket knife
  • Fire starter (can be candles, chemical fire starter, backpack size fire logs)
  • Sunscreen, lots of sun screen
  • Gloves or mittens, sun hat
  • Trekking poles recommended
  • Extra food (enough for one extra day)

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  • Wayne H.

    First climb of the year and although arduous (for me) was quite rewarding for the trailside and distant views. Great group of hikers. Thank you photographers for all the quality photo uploads. Thanks for the scenic shots of me, David.

    February 18, 2013

  • Scott W.

    Developed a nasty cold last night and this morning, better sit out this one. Have a great hike, everyone!

    February 17, 2013

  • Jeff L

    Sorry, my mom is coming out of a hospital tomorrow.

    February 16, 2013

  • Jeanette

    I will be coming from SW Portland and could give you a ride. Let me know.

    February 16, 2013

    • Scott W.

      I arranged a ride, thanks...

      1 · February 16, 2013

  • Bonnie

    This is great hike, but I can't make this Sunday. You all enjoy!!

    February 16, 2013

  • Wayne H.

    I wish I could help people coming from the Portland area but I will be riding a 250cc (small) motorcycle on Sunday and don't trust myself with anyone on the passenger seat even if they did have a helmet, protective clothing and trusted me.
    I will be meeting everyone at the Marshall Community Center this time instead of the trailhead. See you there.

    February 14, 2013

  • Wayne H.

    This time I'll meetup at the Marshall Community Center.

    February 14, 2013

  • Patricia

    Looks like fun- but I can't meet so far from central Portland without owning a car.

    1 · February 13, 2013

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