Portland, OR: Hamilton Mountain

Climb high above the Columbia Gorge on this 6.9-mile loop to a skyline of volcanoes, peaks, and endless green hills.
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Climb high above the Columbia Gorge on this 6.9-mile loop to a skyline of volcanoes, peaks, and endless green hills.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.6

Waypoints

HML001

Location: 45.6273345947266, -122.024749755859

Cross highway and hike .4 mi. on access road with in-your-face views of Beacon Rock jutting out to the E

HML002

Location: 45.6325836181641, -122.019859313965

Turn L into the campground; trailhead located on R

HML003

Location: 45.6341514587402, -122.017677307129

Turn R @ Y into moist old-growth forest

HML004

Location: 45.6365585327148, -122.017936706543

Continue straight; overlook on L

HML005

Location: 45.6406707763672, -122.018249511719

Cross bridge

HML006

Location: 45.6421318054199, -122.01643371582

L @ Y; during descent on muddy track, look L to 100-ft. Hardy Falls

HML007

Location: 45.6426429748535, -122.015563964844

Veer R to climb wooden stairs

HML008

Location: 45.642707824707, -122.013816833496

Vista on R of Columbia River and Beacon Rock's mighty spire

HML009

Location: 45.6422920227051, -122.01197052002

Turn L @ Y to make a summit loop following Hardy Creek

HML010

Location: 45.6561164855957, -122.016502380371

R @ 3-way over Hardy Creek

HML011

Location: 45.6598091125488, -122.012657165527

This is a false summit. Take far R trail @ 5-way and traverse N ridge dotted with brush and loose rock

HML012

Location: 45.651252746582, -122.005378723145

Spot OR foothills, Columbia Gorge, Mt. St. Hel­ens from windy peak of Hamilton Mtn. To close loop, descend steep stairs, then switchbacks, to WPT 9 and turn L