Hardy Ridge

MODERATE 34 reviews

Hardy Ridge is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Saint Cloud, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers 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
12.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3261 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

An off-the-beaten-path Gorge hike with good view or two.

hiking
8 days ago

11 days ago

Not a great hike for a rainy day but will be back on a better day.

20 days ago

Great hike. We hiked the west loop and it is 7.2 miles (the 12 mile hike probably includes the east loop as well). It is a hike up to the top of the ridge on one side and down on the other side. We did it clockwise (south side facing the Columbia river first) and the incline is steep in the last half mile going up. It was 3.4 mi going up and 3.8 mi down. We did it the day after thanksgivings and the temperature was perfect (low 50s). My wife is not a hard core hiker and we did it at her pace in 3h 14 min (1.9 mi/h going up, 2.4 mi/h total avg. Very enjoyable trail!

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

First time checking this trail out. Didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised how nice it was. If you just do the Hardy Loop it's closer to 7.5 miles than the listed 12. A bit of a climb in the beginning but not too bad. Awesome Fall colors out right now. The viewpoint offers a great view of the Columbia River. It was a beautiful clear day and you could see Mt. Hood as well as Mt. Adams peaking out over the lower mountains. In total taking the Hardy Ridge Loop and the extra bridge loop took my group about 4.5 hrs.

hiking
1 month ago

Access by turning north on Kueffler Rd off Hwy 14 just in front of the Beccon Rock State Park Ranger Station. One mile up there is an entrance labeled "Equestrian Access", follow that dirt/gravel road for .25 miles to parking lot. Trail entrance is at the road gate.
Nice hike, first two miles I hiked were on a decommissioned old access road, gravel and then layered with pine needles. Beautiful fall colors this time of year, plenty of leaves and fallen branches from recent storms. About 1.2mi up the road the trail branches off into the west Hardy Ridge Trail, lower Hardy Ridge trail or a trail that leads to the Hamilton Mountain trail. I took the west side for he views but hard to see the views through the trees. Not complaining though, I wouldn't want anyone to cut down trees so we can see more views of the gorge. There are plenty of other hikes in the area that offer that. This trail is a nice hike with good elevation gain, away from the freeway and railroad noise. Saw lots of wildlife and for two hours I was the only one up there on a sunny Monday morning. Will definitely do it again! I only hiked in 2.5miles so there's lots more to see!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

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trail running
4 months ago

Trail ran this starting from the east side and descended on the west side. 75% of the trail is equestrian and rocky, not much of a view until trail narrows at the top but good for a training elevation gain run. Very quiet, only car in parking lot on a Tuesday. Glad I did it but probably won't again.

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6 months ago

trail running
7 months ago

Great trail! The ridge is gorgeous with much less traffic than Hamilton Mountain. FYI This loop as mapped is only about 8 miles.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This trail has a great view at the top on a clear day. Getting to the top for me was nice but mostly walking through trees with very little view.

7 months ago