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Columbia River Gorge
It was cloudy with some drizzle as I arrived at the Hardy Ridge Equestrian Trailhead in Beacon Rock State Park on the north side of the Columbia River Gorge. After putting on raingear I began over 2 1/2 miles of relatively easy hiking, mostly on old logging roads. Then it turned into a steeper trail climbing to the 2,575-foot lower summit of Hardy Ridge. There were many colorful wildflowers along the way to keep me entertained.
To my pleasant surprize the sun broke through the clouds for a few moments providing picturesque views of the lower Columbia River Gorge. Soon the sun disappeared and I began hiking down the trail.
After dropping about 700 feet in elevation, the route followed an old logging road for awhile before reaching the intersection with the Bridge Trail.
I headed north on the trail for about one mile until crossing a recently-built footbridge over Hardy Creek. After a short climb I was back on a familiar old logging road that forms part of my return route when climbing Hamilton Mountain.
Except for the off-and-on rain, it was an easy three-mile return hike to the Trailhead following a series of old roads. All in all the hike was 10 miles in length with 2,600 feet of elevation gain.
Fairy Bells (wild Lily), Bleeding Heart, and Serviceberry
Oregon Anemone and Paintbrush
Glacier Lily, Salmonberry and Vanilla Leaf