See the Fall colors as we hike Hamilton Mountain

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/

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  • Steve

    This was a great hike!

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Few fall colors, but an outstanding hike. Perfect weather. Beacon Rock was a most excellent bonus. I am very glad I went.

    September 29, 2012

  • Brad

    I will meet everyone at the trail head. I live east of Washougal. So would be just as close as driving to Fredmeyers. So I will be at Trail head no latter then 9 am. Ok?

    September 28, 2012

  • Pattie

    How is the smoke from the fires? I was told to stay away from the Gorge this weekend!! This is one hike I have wanted to do.

    September 28, 2012

  • Mike N.

    Those speeds were on The Ape Canyon trail in the MSH area. I suspect that our uphill speed was 1.7 and the downhill was 2.5 or maybea little faster. That was a pretty flat hike, only 1400 vertical feet over 4.5 miles one way. I've found GPS readings to be notoriously unreliable, given that it dithers when you are sitting for lunch or taking a rest. I think you would be OK at 1.5 for uphill on Hamilton Mtn. I don't like to have hikers strung out going uphill, so I tend to hike at the speed of the slowest person in the group. I encourage you to go with us. I've never lost anyone. I'm thinking this will be a pretty laid back hike. = ) Mike

    September 27, 2012

  • Kathy

    What speed do you plan on hiking at? Thanks!

    September 27, 2012

    • Mike N.

      Kathy,On a comparable hike last week we di 2.0 overall avg. and 2.5 moving avg per a GPS.

      September 27, 2012

    • Kathy

      Thanks Mike, that is too fast for me. I can only do about 1.5 going up that hill.

      September 27, 2012

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