Hamilton Mountain

A moderate 8.2 mile hike with 2,100 feet of elevation gain. The trail passes by two waterfalls with views of Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. Consider adding a side to Beacon Rock, a sheer basalt rock column that towers over the Columbia River.

getting there

Drive SR-14 to Beacon Rock State Park, 34 miles east of Vancouver, WA. Turn left just after the park headquarters and continue 0.3 mile to the trailhead (475 ft).

on the trail

The Hamilton Mountain trail is steep and rocky. There are two pretty waterfalls, Hardy and Rodney Falls, on the trail that leads to the summit.

extending your trip

Consider a side trip to Beacon Rock, an 848-foot basalt column that formed the core of an ancient volcano. The trail cuts along the southern face of the steep rock as it rises overt the Columbia River. A side trip makes for a total of 11 miles with 2,550 feet of elevation gain.



Please review our Beacon Rock route/place if you plan a side trip there and be sure to coordinate with other groups to minimize our impact.


The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter. 

  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,550 ft
  • 2,438 ft
  • Green Trails Columbia River Gorge West No. 428S
  • Green Trails Bonneville Dam No. 429
Trip Reports

This is a list of titles that represent the variations of trips you can take at this route/place. This includes side trips, extensions and peak combinations. Not seeing a title that fits your trip? Log in and send us updates, images, or resources.

  • Hamilton Mountain Loop
  • Hamilton Mountain Saddle
  • Hamilton Mountain & Beyond
  • Hamilton Mountain & Beacon Rock
  • Beacon Rock State Park

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