Winter Climb to Phlox Point


What a view! At almost 3,000 feet the summit of Hardy Ridge is one of the highest points in the western end of the Columbia River Gorge.

Nesmith Point at 3,900 feet is the highest location in the cliffs above the Columbia River. It’s directly across the Gorge from me.

Looking down over the saddle below Hamilton Mountain’s summit is Bonneville Dam.

Mt. Hood, mostly obscured by clouds, is visible in the distance beyond Tanner Butte.

I feel like I’m among old friends that I’ve visited many times.

In this new year, begin making some new mountain friends for yourself.

Nesmith Point (I'll be at the summit in several days)

Nesmith Point in the distance (I’ll be at the summit in several days)

The summit approach to Phlox Point

The summit approach to Phlox Point

Looking down to Bonneville Dam

Looking down to Bonneville Dam

Finally, a little blue sky

Finally, a little blue sky above the trail

Table Mountain to the east

Table Mountain to the east

Trail heading down Hardy Ridge

Trail heading down Hardy Ridge

Heavy haze in the eastern end of the Gorge

Heavy haze in the eastern end of the Gorge

My pack and poles at the summit of Hardy Ridge with Mt. Hood in the distance

My pack and poles at the summit of Hardy Ridge with Mt. Hood in the distance

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