The weather forecaster promised a sunny day I recalled while smearing on the sun protection. But, as expected I jinked myself.
For over ten miles it was heavy fog, light rain and even a little snow on the 3,000-foot summit.
Usually 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 (ten miles with over 2,500 feet of elevation gain when the Bridge loop is added), and the views along the top of Hardy Ridge are open and far-ranging.
In late April the summit was obscured in heavy fog, and a cold wind was blowing out of the northwest with plenty of rain.
Still, I enjoyed the early spring wildflowers and the serenity of having the area to myself.
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