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Hamilton Mountain, WA

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 7.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 400 feet
Elevation Gain 2,000 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.5
Interest Perennial Waterfall, Perennial Creek & Peak
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20  2018-06-02 Lucyan
22  2010-06-14 Dano
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Preferred   Jun, May, Sep, Oct
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:39am - 4:24pm
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Beacon Rock
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602 ft
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3.5 mi
1,200 ft
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Elowah Falls
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Upper McCord Creek Falls
Upper McCord Creek Falls
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Strawberry Island Loop
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430 ft
Wahclella Falls
3.4 mi away
2.2 mi
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Flora Nearby
Experience a Pool of Winds
by Dano

This trail has both major local attractions--lovely waterfalls that you can both see and feel, and a mountain peak with lovely views of both the Gorge and the nearby forest.

The trailhead parking lot is for both hikers and park day users; head for the trailhead sign and begin the steady ascent . About 1/2 mile into the hike you pass underneath power lines, which gives you a view of Hamilton Peak above, and Bonneville Dam below. The trail continues another 3/4 mile and levels off. You should begin to hear the sound of rushing water. There are a few side trails to the right, but they don't provide good views of any wateralls. Look for the sign directing you to the "Pool of Winds". This is my favorite Washington-side Gorge waterfall, because you not only see it, but because the upper falls drop into a cavernous rock formation, you are able to feel the rushing wind as the water displaces the air. Go right up to the railing and lean over to get a full dose of the wetness hitting your face.


Return to the main trail to get a good view of the entire falls , then cross the bridge . The trail now becomes much less crowded, as most folks head back to their cars at this point. As you climb, take in a great view of Beacon Rock. The trail then reaches a fork at a strangely worded sign . You can go either way--I prefer to go to the right and head straight up to the peak, with a longer, less-steep return. This begins the loop portion of the trail. Taking the "more difficult" path, the trail gets interesting; you can see the peak getting closer. The water springs flows right on the trail, and there are steep cliffs . The trees give way to brush near the summit . A sign indicates the highest point of the hike. Stop and briefly enjoy the views.

To continue the loop, head straight North, and in about 1/2 mile you reach an open ridge . This is a great stopping point to snack. At the North end of the ridge a sign points the way to the descending road. Keep to your left for a mile or so until you reach Hardy creek, where there is another sign, picnic bench and map . Turn left (South) off the road to the trail, which winds through more forest woods before returning to the "difficult/more difficult " sign. This ends the loop portion. Return past Rodney Falls and take another water shower in the Pool of Winds before returning to your car.

Note: The trail near the summit has several spots with cliffs on one side, so be very careful at this point with dogs or children. Also, the road to the parking lot is closed December to March, making the total hiking distance longer by a mile or two.

Dano
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    From Portland, take I-84 to the I-205 North and cross over to Washington State. As soon as the bridge over the Columbia ends, take Washington State Highway 14 to near the 35 mile marker. As you pass the base of Beacon Rock, the road to the left (North) goes about a mile to the parking area on the right. December to March first, there is a gate at the highway preventing vehicular traffic.
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