Hike Distance: 9.1 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1601.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1897 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 1754830 feet
A cool and windy day with no rain. It was a beautiful hike in Beacon Rock State Park!
We parked at the equestrian TH and headed up the road. We made a beeline for the Hamilton Mt. Saddle and then stopped to enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and Columbia River Gorge. There was solid snow at about the 3000 foot level, but not where we were.
Next, we head from the saddle to the back of the park and then wound down the switchbacks to the Upper Hardy Creek trail. From here we just headed back to the equestrian TH. We saw some very small patches of snow at the 2000 foot level, which wasn’t expected.
Overall, an excellent day in a beautiful park!