Hamilton Mountain and Rodney Falls Trail

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Hamilton Mountain and Rodney Falls Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stevenson, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2217 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

One of the most popular climbs in the Columbia Gorge with great views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams and the Columbia. This is a wonderful climb in the Columbia Gorge with great views from the many cliffs and ledges near the top of Mt. Hood, Adams and the Columbia River. There is a side catwalk trail you can take along the way and even a beautiful waterfall with bridge viewpoint.

13 hours ago

Enjoyed the trail and overlooks of the gorge.

hiking
23 hours ago

Hiked 5/16/18 (Mem Day weekend). Lot filled up by 9am. Nice hike overall. Hardy Falls is small in comparison to others nearby, but the little cave it goes through is cool. Some nice overlooks when you get up high, although today it was cloudy and raining at the summit. Much colder too! The climb is moderate to hard depending on your skill level. But the trail is popular and there were more and more hikers of various skills as the morning wire on. Completed the 7.5 mile loop in about 3.5 hours.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked 04/24/18

hiking
5 days ago

This was a very beautiful hike. The summit was a mix of terrifying and beautiful seeing the georgeous landscape from such an open viewpoint. I did get a bit lost on this one however since I didn't do an out and back I tried for a loop which was a big mistake. The trail markers are not clear to where the lead or where you will end up. There are alot of confusing options for a first time Hamilton explorer. I parked at the camp ground parking to the left of Beacon Rock off Hwy 14 as my GPS instructed to begin my hike and ended up in the Equestrian trailhead parking 3 miles away when I finished! A good Samaritan drove me to my car so I didn't have to summit all over again and hike back down the trail came in from. Lesson learned. I'll do an out and back next time!!!

hiking
5 days ago

this hike was borderline hard at times but was amazing!! i suggest to do the loop to capture all the amazing views. i clocked it at 8.5 miles. was well worth it, i would start earlier in the day because it get pretty hot in the sun. enjoy!

hiking
6 days ago

This trail is one of my favourites within 1 hour of Portland. I’ve hiked this trail twice so far this Spring, and the quality of trail/views/challenge/weather is incredible. I would highly recommend getting to the site earlier in the day since a good amount of the hike is in full sun, and the parking fills up fast. Heed steep parts of the trail, as well. Wear proper footwear.

11 days ago

This was a great hike in the Gorge! I would say it borders on hard if you do the whole trail, as there are some pretty steep and long uphills. But absolutely beautiful views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams. Actual summit has a bunch of thrush and some obstructed views. Dog friendly too!

hiking
13 days ago

Steady climb, great work out if you do more incline intense way up on the loop. Parked below beacon rock and added additional easy hike, nature walk to trailhead.

hiking
19 days ago

Great forestry and greenery in the beginning. Passes over gorgeous waterfalls and Pool of the Winds about a mile in. The climb is pretty steep but you are motivated by the beautiful views of the gorge at every switch back. The summit is pretty vegetated, so it's not a 360 view or anything, but if you continue along the ridge for another half mile or so there is a saddle point which is a great open spot for a picnic and sightseeing. Definitely shorter and easier to do the loop as opposed to summit out and back. Quintessential gorge hike!

hiking
20 days ago

Picturesque trail to get away from the city, about 50 minutes away from Portland. The hike is classified as “Moderate” but should be noted that there are some steep inclines and strenuous portions at times even. The view at the top of The mountain is breathtaking and worth the trip up. The parking lot filled quickly, but there are secondary parking areas to accommodate a popular trail.

21 days ago

Great conditioner hike, however the views are obstructed. Lot’s of people.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful hike. Intermediate difficulty, you will claim a lil to the view point but it worse it!!!

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful hike, well maintained trail for the most part, breathtaking views around every switchback during the challenging ascent. Can't wait to do it again!

hiking
27 days ago

Finally got a chance to do this whole loop. Clocked it at 8.5 miles probably due to a couple side trips to lookouts. Good views at the first lookout spots which some people think is the summit but you are still about a mile from the top. The top was all clouded in so no views from there. Would be worth it to do again on a clear day. Going past the summit to the saddle was worth the extra miles though, great views and a pretty cool feature.

28 days ago

Worth it!

1 month ago

The top top never looked so good.

1 month ago

Did it today and actually made it to the top! So beautiful, the whole entire climb! Will defineftly being doing it multiple times over the summer!

hiking
1 month ago

Went out on a Wednesday morning and the place was packed. Nice views and the waterfall was a treat! Only downside was all the traffic (I assume) due to the nearby Oregon trails being closed. Will definitely go back during summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for hybrid hiking/trail running. Beautiful waterfalls, wasn’t too busy today. With spring rains there were no views but it was a fun hike with elevation. Some mud pits in high traffic areas but mostly in good condition. Will definitely be repeating in the summer to check out the views.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! It's a pretty intense few miles up to the summit of Hamilton Mountain with beautiful views along the way and a nice variety of scenery. It was rainy and windy today when we climbed it, so I can't say much about the view at the top, but the trail itself was great. We were surprised to find a little snow at the top, but not too much! Looking forward to trying it again on a sunny day!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike with our dogs. It was pretty crowded early Saturday morning but still worth it. Beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Spent half my time descending waiting for people to pass or trying not to get knocked around by the masses of unleashed dogs. If you can get in early before the crowds and dogs, it's a five-star hike.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is popular, so I would recommend hiking on weekdays. It’s the perfect amount of challenging climbs with gradual trails, throughout many different types of geography. Totally worth it for the view—though the best views are just before the summit (I would say). Wear proper hiking footwear!

2 months ago

Great hike, I think it is definitely a new favorite. Lots of people on the portion to the waterfall, but hardly saw anyone up to the summit. Very muddy and a lot of snow, but it is well worth going through for the views.

hiking
3 months ago

great hike. awesome views

3 months ago

Really beautiful alternative with all the Oregon trail closures. The climb is not as bad as dog mountain

hiking
3 months ago

I was literally stupefied by some of the views on this trail! It was well worth the effort to climb all the way to the top of the mountain- and it WAS effort. I’m pretty sure this trail deserves a ‘hard’ rating- but SO worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

What a beautiful hike! A bit muddy but otherwise it was perfect.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice rainy Sunday hike with family. Medium traffic, lots of dogs and friendly folks. The first stretch is a bit of a climb. Absolutely beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of bridges and great waterfall views. Well maintained. Very popular trail. Many hikers with dogs.

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