A Hardy Ascent to Phlox Point


Phlox Point is the 2,957-foot summit of Hardy Ridge and one of the best destinations for a hike near the Portland area.

It’s located in Beacon Rock State Park at the western end of the Columbia River Gorge.

The trailhead is large and easily accessible, the trail doesn’t see a lot of use, it provides a good workout (10 miles with close to 3,000 feet of elevation gain if the bridge loop is added), and the views along the top of Hardy Ridge are open and far-ranging.

In late March the summit had a few yellow parsley and several glacier lilies in bloom. In another month it will be covered with large patches of purple/lavender spreading phlox (where the summit got its name).

Amazingly enough, on the first day of spring with nice weather I met only one other hiker.

My gear on Phlox Point

My gear on Phlox Point

Salmonberry

Salmonberry

Mt. Hood behind Tanner Butte

Mt. Hood behind Tanner Butte

Howell Violets

Howell’s Violets

Hardy Creek

Hardy Creek

Trail leading down Hardy Ridge

Trail leading down Hardy Ridge

Hazy look up the Columbia River Gorge

Hazy look up the Columbia River Gorge

Toothworts

Toothworts

Upper bridge over Hardy Creek

Upper bridge over Hardy Creek

Sweet Colts-foot

Sweet Colt’s Foot

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams

Summit-approach trail

Summit-approach trail

 

 

 

 

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7 comments

  1. Beautiful pictures John. I really appreciate all the work you have done and the names of each flower. So many times when I am walking with my grandchildren they ask what the name of a flower is and now I will know on several of them. Thank you for taking the time to share your wealth of information.

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  2. America is a beautiful country. Nice pictures!

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  3. I like your style of photography. I guess maybe because it reminds me of mine… Go on a hike, see something to shoot, make it happen!

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