CHS 2 Hike - Hamilton Mountain & Beacon Rock

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Hamilton Mountain & Beacon Rock

COLUMBIA GORGE WEEKEND CHS2 HIKE. A 5-star rated lollipop-loop hike to the summit of Hamilton Mountain with option to hike Beacon Rock afterwards.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,850 ft

We will meet in front of the Cascade Motel (300 NW Forest Lane, Cascade Locks, OR) office at 6:00am.  

We'll hike to the summit of Hamilton Mountain with stops along the way to view Hardy Falls & Rodney Falls and its Pool of the Winds. Our return trip will take us counter-clockwise from the summit to the Upper Hardy Creek Trail which we will follow south and then join the Hardy Creek trail which will eventually join the main trail and take us back the trailhead.  Depending on group interest, we may also hike up Beacon Rock afterwards. We'll visit Walking Man Brewery in Stevenson after the hike for food and refreshments.



Hamilton Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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