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.