This is a moderate 7.6 mile loop with an honest 2,000’ of elevation gain to reach the summit of Hamilton Mountain. We will see two water falls, Hardy Creek and Rodney Falls, a 50 foot bowl. From the summit we will traverse out the north ridge to the col which leads to a cut-off to the right. This relatively new trail takes us to the highlight of the hike, a new, modern toilet built for equestrians, who also use a nearby trail (well, maybe not the highlight for everyone). The trail leads back to the picturesque bridge over Hardy Creek and back to the parking lot.
If the weather cooperates, we may get to see the turning Fall colors, so bring your cameras. This is a nice change of pace hike. After this hike, if everyone is really feeling their Wheaties, we may (optional) do the classic follow-on hike up Beacon Rock, an easy 1.8 mile round trip with an elevation gain of 600’ and some fantastic views. It’s a 20 minute sprint to the top. See the following links for views of these hikes.
Hamilton Mtn.: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rowtonro/sets/72157622594734598/
Beacon Rock: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rowtonro/sets/72157622481047371/