Hardy Ridge

MODERATE 20 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.

DISTANCE
12.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3530 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

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

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1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

great views and a good workout.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I would rate this moderate, but I'm old ;-) The first mile is a steady but pleasant incline. It's true there are no spectacular vistas, but I was out for fall color (there was some, will be better on a few weeks). The breeze/wind was delightful.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Want to see big views of Adams and Table Mountain, then look down on Hamilton while surveying the Gorge? I did too--but it was foggy. So instead I slogged in the rain.

Hardy Ridge is a lesser-known ridge and trail loop that can connect with Hamilton Mountain and is close to Beacon Rock. It has plenty of gain and distance, though a lot of the lower part is on old and wide 4x4/equestrian roads.

Treat it as a lasso/dog-leg loop, but add a 1mi out and back straight north to hit the summit (map in pics). Done this way, you'll get a couple thousand feet of mellow gain, at least 8mi, and a cool ridge to hike at the end. There's a little leg burn and some (brief) steep and rocky sections with poor footing, so you may want to leave Mee-Maw and Pop-Pops at home on this one. Fat Aunt Margaret can make it though, and so can little Timmy. Bring your rottweiler Mr. Pickles along too if you like--just don't let him bite anyone this time.

It's a decent hike. On a sunny day with a dash of wildflowers, it could even be more than decent.