Hike 28
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Hardy Falls ~ Rodney Falls ~ Pool of Winds Hike
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Length: 2.2 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 440' gain
Season: Year Round
Difficulty:    Moderate
Permit: Washington State Parks Requires a Permit
Features:


You can begin this hike in either of two trailheads. As you drive into the park, you will come to the main parking area with restroom facilities on your right. However, when in season, you can continue to drive into the campground area and park in another area as seen on the above map.

An outstanding hike with all the right features such as water falls, steep cliffy areas, superb views, ridge line hiking, and deep forested areas, complete with a loop for minimal repeat scenery.

When Beacon Rock State Park is open, you drive to the picnic area and park at the Hamilton Mountain trail head. When the park is closed, leave your car along side the road by Beacon Rock. The hike begins moderately steep for about a mile then becomes more gentle as you approach the first of two falls.

Hardy Falls is visible by taking a short side trip, but Rodney Falls is fully visible as your cross Hardy Creek on a bridge right at the foot of the falls. Pool of Winds is a short walk above Rodney Falls and well worth the extra effort.



Looking down at the bridge below Rodney Falls
Looking down at the bridge below Rodney Falls

How to get there:

Beacon Rock State Park: Cross Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks ($1 toll). Turn left/west onto WA Hwy 14. Drive 6.5 miles west to the trailhead on the left side of the road. You'll see Beacon Rock getting bigger as you approach. As you come to the rest area facilities on your left, to your right there is a road that you will need to take to the parking area and trailhead for this hike. A Washington Discover Pass is required here.

Alternatively, drive east on Highway 14. The trailhead is just west of milepost 35. Just before you come to the rest area facilities at the base of Beacon Rock, you will see a road off to your left. Follow this road to the parking area and trailhead for this hike. A Washington Discover Pass is required here.


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