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Hamilton Mountain and Rodney Falls is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stevenson, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.2 mi Elevation gain 2,217 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

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Mountain biking

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Waterfall

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Situated just an hour drive from Portland, this is a popular hike that offers views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and the Columbia River Gorge. It's best to get here early on a warm weekend, as the parking area gets quite full. Visitors here will find waterfalls, rivers, wildflowers and striking mountains here. $10 parking fee for day hikes.

There are restrooms at the trailhead.

Beacon Rock State Park beacon.rock@parks.wa.gov (509) 427-8265

Take the Washington State Highway 14 east from Vancouver and take the access road from Mile Post 35 near the Beacon Rock State Park rest area. This will be open in the summer time but not in the winter. In the winter you'll need to park at the rest area and it will add nearly a mile round trip to your hike. Parking is free.

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Dana Rohlfs
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HikingOver grownRocky

A little overgrown at the top but overall a beautiful hike! Would recommend hiking poles on the way down.

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Amir Guerouate
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Hiking

This is listed as difficult but I would put it more as moderate. The trail isn't that steep although I would still recommend hiking poles but you don't really need them. Trail conditions are ok except for near the top and the view at the summit is really nice. Also you can take a dip in the water at the falls if its really hot which I did. The water at the falls is really cold.

Jamie Slonaker
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Hiking

This was a decent trail with good views along the way but the summit was very overgrown with bushes. Usually there is a good view at the top but this time it was hard to see anything. Tons of people but we went on a Sunday so I guess that’s to be expected. Get there early for good parking.

Lisa Collins
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Hiking

Awesome

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Nicole Becker
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Wonderful hike! The views were amazing and the trail was in pretty good condition.

HR J
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Hiking

The falls are beautiful and the hike was great. I followed another review's suggestion and did the trail backwards, doing the steep elevation climb uphill then the gradual elevation downhill. Even going the gradual route downhill my creeky knees had a tough time. Parking is permit only, or you can pay $10 for a day pass. When I went the pay station was down, so I did cash in an envelope.

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Robert Goodson
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Hiking

Beautiful views, loved it!

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Cara Calzadilla
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HikingOver grown

I would rate this as moderate, not hard. Go counter-clockwise at the loop, the steep parts are much better to go up than down. There a few viewpoints on the way up. Went on a Friday morning around 10am. We passed very few people on the way up. Saw no one at the summit or until we got closer back to the falls. Nice trails, some loose dirt on parts. It’s best to have some sort of traction on your shoes as my hiking partner slipped a few times.

MaRy Watts
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Hiking

A lot of folks were wearing masks The hike up to the falls was all uphill...going down was a breeze. Waterfalls and thick mossy trees! Great hike!

Robin Sullivan
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Hiking

I only intended to hike to the falls and back out. Something was telling me to keep on going. I decided to do the full loop and I am so happy I did. It was amazing up to the summit and on the saddle. Hamilton Mtn Trail has the incline via switchbacks all the way up and stunning views. Hardy Creek Trail meanders you back down with no views.

Brandon Strasheim
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Hiking

Well maintained with great views

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Curtis Dolan
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Hiking

Good workout with some cool views. There was a wedding on the bridge by the waterfall that we ran into on the way back.

Tin P
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Hiking

The rocky outcropping is the best, the top isn't much to be desired.

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Mellisa P.
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K M
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Hiking

Trail was in good shape. Went a few weeks ago and liked how empty it was in the early morning. Definitely got more crowded on as the day got longer. Didn’t do the loop, instead made it to the top and turned back around to dip our toes in the falls.

DJ Goodman
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HikingBugsOver grown

This was a very good hike with decent elevation gain to the summit. There are a couple of short waterfall spur trails that I recommend to take. After approximately one mile, there is a junction. We stayed to the right at the junction which was the steeper and shorter way to the summit. In my opinion, it was also the most scenic part of the trail with several areas to stop and take awesome pics of the gorge. While on the summit, we got attacked by mosquitoes! The summit views were very cool. We seen Table Mountain, Mt Adams & Mt Hood as well as several other peaks. We took the back loop down and noticed a little bit of overgrowth with some poison oak. After a short time, the trail turned into a much wider fire road/equestrian trail. We found this portion was rather boring compared to the rest of the trail. We eventually returned to the junction and then back to the trailhead. Enjoy!

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Jamie St. Cyr
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HikingFeeRocky

It was mostly really great! I’d say it was moderate and a good workout. Beautiful views! Most people had masks or turned away upon crossing paths. It was really crowded for parking, and it’s a 10 dollar fee, but once you pass the waterfall part of the trail it became much more peaceful and less crowded. Trail is well maintained and would be great for older kiddos too!

Mike Whitmarsh
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Matt Ingrassia
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Hiking

Nice trail, views going up were the best part. Glad to check off the list, but definitely a heavily trafficked area.

Josh Brockway
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Hiking

one of my favorite hikes! tough challenging hiking and amazing views

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Andy Wu
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HikingOver grown

moderate difficulty with view of the Columbia and waterfalls to boot. agree with others that doing it clockwise (Hardy trail first) works out better for the views going down is better when you're decending. The first view at the saddle, North of the summit, is the best view and a great place for snack or lunch. The peak is disappointing, nothing to see with overgrown trail.

Mary Hare
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Hiking

This has to be one of my favorite gorge hikes. It was definitely busy by time we started at 9am and most people weren’t wearing masks, which is unfortunate since most areas of the trail don’t allow for the 6ft social distancing rule. Nevertheless, we absolutely loved going the hardest way up and took a pit stop where you can climb up higher off the trail for a spectacular view! It seems like most people turn around and head back after this, but we continued on and did the full loop. I clocked it at about 8.5 miles, but we also had to park in the picnic area a little further up the road from the trailhead, which may account for the extra mile. The back side of this trail that follows the equestrian trail was sooo peaceful. We didn’t see anyone at all! Enjoy safely and please bring/wear a mask :)

Cassie Morrow
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HikingRocky

Completed with the family (13-11-9-5-4-2). Lots of snacks, water breaks and took our time but enjoyable. Kids especially proud of what they accomplished when able to look up and see Hamilton Mountain, which they had just walked up. Mostly shaded. Restrooms at trailhead.

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Ted Magnuson
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Hiking

Fantastic views of the Gorge and mid July many wildflowers including St Johns wort. Note:This trail has a few steep spots where one needs to step high, and other places where the brush is overgrown.

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corrine ayers
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Michael S
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HikingFeeGreat!MuddyRocky

Decent hike, it took us 4 hours with a break at the top for a snack. We left the parking lot at 8am and there were 3 cars, when we returned there were 36. Some great views on both sides of the mountain. Take the left branch on the way up, the equestrian trails are luxurious. The switch backs on the west side of the mountain are rough and have larger loose rocks that require some care. Overall the trail is in great condition, some muddy spots but mostly dry and only a handful of washouts and high-steps.

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