Hardy Ridge and Phlox Point Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.8 miElevation gain1,998 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeOver grownFee
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The Discover Pass is required for vehicular entrance to this park. An Annual Pass costs $30 and a Day Pass is $10.

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Malgorzata Orchard
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Sheldon Cober
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Did this 1/9/21. Foggy rainy day, no real views but nice as trail run. No snow or ice, just areas of mud on Hamilton that make traction difficult

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Marnie Starrett
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Such a gorgeous reward at the top. Only small patches of snow closer to the top. This is the 3rd time doing this hike and the first without snow! Now I know what the trail actually looks like.

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John Goodpaster
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Ty Berry
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shaun scott
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Dylan Adams
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John Goodpaster
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Sonal Jain
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Shane Nevius
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Decent trail. Opted to do the loop instead so we’d see something a little different on the way down. Not a lot of views on the way up but once you hit the top it’s a great view of Hood. Not a lot of other hikers once we were on the Hardy trail.

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Mark Wooldridge
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This trail starts on old road beds eventually they give way to what I call real trails. The views from Hardy Ridge and especially Phlox Point are worth the extra effort

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Jonelle Dedrick
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14 switchbacks. Great view!

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Kirk Davis
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Andrea Bünger
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Scenic drivingOver grown

The trail is overgrown and nothing special is on the way up.... but the view at the top is stunning and worth every step.

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Eriq Nelson
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Boring, but well maintained. Steady up and down.

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Kendall Scott
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HikingGreat!Over grown

Beautiful views!! My German Shepherd loved the hike as much as I did. Went on a Monday morning and only saw one other hiker on the trail and one in the parking lot as I was leaving! Very overgrown in patches but didn’t run into anything that was upsetting to skin!

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Steven Ogilvie
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Emma Baldwin
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HikingBugsOver grown

The end is worth the effort! This trail is hugely overgrown. I mean, really overgrown. Once you get off the equestrian trail stuff is growing up to 5-6 feet tall. Definitely wear long pants!! I was the first through on July 15 and it was spiderweb central. So many!!! BUT on the plus side, tons of wildflowers towards the top! Amazing beautiful views!

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Tarah S
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One of my favorites! Looks down over Hamilton mountain... and a much better view. Underrated trail for sure. Super over grown this year(July ‘20) but everything kind of is. When you get to the intersection, keep left on the equestrian trail. About a mile, there will be a trail again to the right to go up!

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Natalie Bowers
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Katie Bassett
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

There were a couple of trees over the trails but not too bad. No snow, which was a nice surprise. This route offers amazing views of the gorge on a sunny day. The grade is gentle enough for most hikers to be able to do. Would do this hike again on a sunny day. It rained or hailed on us most of the hike. But that's ok, still had fun!

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Alla Kirsanova
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HikingMuddy

We hiked this trail in the rain and it was actually still quite enjoyable. The last mile or so was covered with snow and was a little colder. Overall, great trail. I’d say on the clear day it probably has great views.

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Kihyon Sohn
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I took the left trail and there was no snow till I reached the ridge. Some parts of the trail to phlox point had pretty much snow. View was spectacular at the ridge. When I walked back, I took the left trail. The trail had snow and it didn’t melt yet. But no gaiters or spikes were needed. Last year, I started from Hamilton mountain, on to Phlox point and then down to equestrian trail. That was much better since I didn’t have to take the same trail.

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Andrea Turner
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Did this yesterday (2/17) as a snowshoe. We almost made it to the ridge but it socked in up top and we couldn’t see anything anyway - and we were exhausted - so we stopped for lunch just shy. We had to bushwhack a bit and ended off-trail for a short smidge at the top on the switchback part of the trail. I’m kicking myself I didn’t make it, since we were right there, but it was too long to begin with and we are super sore today! Really deep snow! Minimal views throughout which is why I give it 4 stars. Sucks to do all that work with no payoff (top view), but we still had fun! Ran into one other couple toward the beginning on the way back down (Just boots! Their prints sunk in like a foot deep!) but truly had the whole thing to ourselves.

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Chandra Ham
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Great hike with so many wildflowers! Our 10-year-old and 8-year-old did an amazing job and loved eating all the huckleberries, salmon berries and wild strawberries. Views of Mt Hood, Adams and Rainier, as well as Bonneville dam from the top. And we only passed 4 people on the entire trail; not bad for a Wednesday in June.

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Rachel Ferraris
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Had a great day hiking. It’s a slow incline on a horse trail and old roads. Once you hit the switch backs it gets harder but great views. 8.5 mile for the loop was long but good. Many other alternatives if you have time for 12 miles. Great views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams.

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