Hamilton Mountain


Day Hike - Hamilton Mountain

Naturalist / photo-oriented hike to enjoy abundant wildflowers and other plants in lovely settings as trail ascends Hamilton Mountain through forest, along waterfalls, rocky gardens, and on meadows. Magnificent views of Cascade peaks, Columbia River, and close up to close-up to sweeping layers of lava formations along Columbia Gorge.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,550 ft

8:30am Hamilton Mtn trailhead, Beacon Rock SP via WA-14 (E of Vancouver/Camas).




Updated 5/2/19:  Be aware of the hike location, approx 3 hours from Seattle.

Leisurely to moderate pace, with short to extended stops to view or photograph flowers and other plants, birds, geology and scenery.  8-11 miles round trip.

Hamilton Mountain trail's plant list:  https://www.wnps.org/plant-lists/list?Hamilton_Mountain_Trail

Recommend accommodations nearby at Beacon Rock State Park, or motel in Stevenson/Carson area (near Columbia Gorge).

Consider making it an extended hiking weekend, pairing this hike with Silver Star  Mountain hike on n Saturday and/or Grassy Knoll hike on Sunday.

See Hamilton Mountain hike description in "Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge" (Romano) or "100 Hikes/Travel Guide Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington" (Sullivan).

For wildflower hike highlights, see "Oregon's Best Wildflower Hikes: Northwest Region" (Wuerthner).  OR hikes and a few WA hikes along Columbia Gorge.



Hamilton Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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