A Springtime Ascent to Phlox Point


Phlox Point is one of the best destinations for a hike close to the Portland area.

It’s near the western end of the Columbia River Gorge, the trailhead is easily accessible, the trail doesn’t see a lot of use, it provides a good workout (eight miles with over 2,000′ of elevation gain), and the views along the top of Hardy Ridge are open and far-ranging.

In early May the summit was covered with large patches of purple/lavender spreading phlox (where the summit got its name) and yellow parsley too. Very colorful.

Add this outing to your list of hiking favorites.

Spreading Phlox

Spreading Phlox

Oregon Anemone

Oregon Anemone

A hazy view up the Columbia River

A hazy view up the Columbia River

Mt. Hood from Phlox Point

Mt. Hood from Phlox Point

Candy Flower

Candy Flower

Flowering Currant

Flowering Currant

Little waterfall near the trail

Little waterfall near the trail

Fairy Bells

Fairy Bells

Lower trail (old logging road) passing through a stand of Red Alders

Lower trail (old logging road) passing through a stand of Red Alders

Columbia River as seen from the lower summit

Columbia River as seen from the lower summit

Columbia Wind Flower

Columbia Wind Flower

Looking down the lower portion of Hardy Ridge

Looking down the lower portion of Hardy Ridge

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Oooh that Oregon Anemone is beautiful. I also love the first photo the orange center with the purple petals is great.

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  2. John, good getting together with you last Monday. Randy Roach and I took this hike a couple of days later, thank you for the great tip.

    Geoff

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