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.