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On a cool, windy and rainy morning, I parked at the Hardy Ridge Equestrian Trailhead in Beacon Rock State Park. My goal was to hike to the summit of Hardy Ridge.
I began an ascent mostly on old logging roads on the east side of the mountain. After about 1 1/4 miles the trail began heading to the north on an overgrown road. The grasses and brush were over my head along the trail. Due to the rain I was quickly getting soaked.
I decided to turn around, stay on the open maintenance roads, and hike to the 2,100-foot saddle below Hamilton Mountain. Except for the constant rain, it was an enjoyable hike. Because of the weather I met only a handful of other hikers.
Of course, the views from the saddle were nonexistent. On a nice day they would have been some of the best ones in the Columbia River Gorge.
It’s a challenge, but it can be fun taking photos on a rainy day.
Cat’s-ear Lily, Phantom Orchid, and Mock Orange
Orange Columbine, Salmonberry and Tiger Lily
Columbia River from Hardy Ridge (taken on a previous hike on a much nicer day)