A Beautiful Fall Hike 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 northwestern end of the Columbia River Gorge.

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

In early November I was surprised to see three different varieties of wildflowers in bloom. To put this in perspective, in less than two months “spring” wildflowers will begin blooming in the east end of the Gorge.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, providing spectacular 360-degree views from one end of the Gorge to the other.

Table Mountain from Phlox Point

Table Mountain from Phlox Point

Self-heal

Self-heal

A hazy view of Mt. Hood

A hazy view of Mt. Hood

Pine Squirrel "hiding" from me

Pine Squirrel “hiding” from me

Alders along the Bridge Trail

Alders along the Bridge Trail

Big-leaf Maple leaves

Big-leaf Maple leaves

Fleabane

Fleabane

Fresh snow on Mt. Adams

Fresh snow on Mt. Adams

Snowberries

Snowberries

Tributary of Hardy Creek

Tributary of Hardy Creek

A very fancy loo, considering it's two miles from the nearest trailhead

A very fancy loo, considering it’s two miles from the nearest trailhead

 

 

 

 

 

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