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My favorite hike in The Gorge.

Amazing views, hard workout! I love that it’s a loop. We climbed up the hardy creek trail and then looped around to Hamilton Mountain. I think a lot of people hike up the other way straight up to the view point, but that would have been too steep of a climb for me. The long way around through hardy creek is much more gradual. Going down the mountain was a bit hard on my knees, but besides that, the trail was in excellent condition.

backpacking
3 days ago

Hiked to Blue Lake. Pretty good climb for awhile. Thousands of wild blueberry plants with ripe fruit. Traveled 9/15 through 9/19. 2 rainy days but clear other days. Cold at night with some frost. No mosquitoes this time of year. Have to camp in designated areas, not much dry firewood

Nice hike in the remoteness of Indian heaven wilderness. Not a tough hike per se but gradually goes up hill most of the way. Can scramble to summit with a little bit of finesse without much difficulty if you’re sure footed. Not a hard trail to find with trail labeled.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful views of the gorge, but best views are at turn offs prior to reaching Hamilton Mountain summit (which actually doesn’t have a view bc it’s blocked by shrubs). The waterfall at the beginning of the trail has a great swimming hole too - will definitely try it out on a warmer day.

Awesome hike with beautiful views.... 9.5 miles if you make the loop.

Well worth the drive to this trail. Over 1,400 feet gain in under 1.8 miles is a great workout. Total miles per my Fitbit is 3.54 miles
We saw 3 people on the trail so we basically had the trail to ourselves. It was quiet with gorgeous views on the top.
It wasn’t a hard hike for me but it was a great workout for sure so it’ll get your heart pumped up. -:)

We saw all 4 mountains. Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainer, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Adams. It was a little windy on top so definitely bring layers.

The rock wall was totally cool towards the top, you could tell it was man made but Wow, what a work! You will zig zag up toward the summit. We walked out to the summit, however the summit is not marked nor there is a sign in book.

We enjoyed every second of the hike and I felt an enormous gratitude on this hike. I appreciated the fall colors dancing under the sun showing their colorful glory.

If you hike it twice in a row you will get a great training hike for something bigger in the future.
Don’t forget your hiking poles on this one.

Happy hiking!

nice area. well marked trail with reasonable view points and water features early on.

note:
-$10 parking for a day hike...
-the horses statement is incorrect, that is another trail

backpacking
6 days ago

First hammock camping trip. Tough climb to the lake. No bugs. Dry on the way up, but rained all night and on hike out. Saw fish caught. Probably swimmable with hot weather.
5 or 6 groups of day hikers but only one other overnighter at the lake.
Lots of day hikers with dogs on the lower, first section of the trail.

Pretty forest hike with expansive views from Red Mountain. Better hiked as an out and back as the descent on the road is boring (but quick). Not too hard except for the final few hundred feet which is steep.

Hiked Sept 3. Well-marked, easy to find TH. You need a Discovery Pass permit. Beautiful scenic views of Gorge. This trail should be rated hard, not moderate....

Last 4 miles in were rough, but we did it in a Honda Civic. As long as you can maneuver well in your car you should be fine. The hike itself was pretty, the creek was pretty dried up. Plenty of falls with beautiful pools you can swim in. Tons of camping all over the place. You need a recreation pass, America the Beautiful or NW forest pass cover it.

Challenging for this beginner but well worth it. Such a breathtaking view!

This is a great hike!

Beautiful moderate difficulty hike! My wife, my beagle, my vizsla and I got out just after 8am and completed it in about 3 hours.
It was foggy, misty and rainy for the majority of the hike which created some spectacular foggy scenery and the trails were still barely damp and in great shape! The ascent up a winding trail will certainly test your endurance. One of the highlights of this hike and any comes early, you must take a small side trail to the “pool of the winds”, breathtaking. Once you complete the ascent, you’re rewarded with a wide open catwalk across the ridge line. The descent was smooth, not sure if it was my new Danner boots, but the trail was so soft, almost saw dust like.
Highly recommend! Earlier the better of course, it was super busy as we got back down towards the trailhead. Dog friendly for sure.

We stopped at the peak before Dog Mountains peak. Thank goodness! No 360 degree view, but some great views. Out and back to Dog Mountain peak would have added 2 miles and an hour to our trip. We didn’t start early enough for that.

Love this trail! Peaceful and beautiful

I did this hike around 3 weeks ago. There were so many bees. A lot of people got stung. I started the loop turning right and got the the highest elevation point and went back the same way. The map is a bit confusing because it shows 7.2mi total and it looks like the hike is a lot longer if you continue the loop past the highest elevation point. It was late and I turned back and ended hiking 9mi according to my fitbit. If you are doing this hike allocate at least 5 hours (if you are an intermediate hiker like me). Views are really nice and I felt the hike was moderate in difficulty.

Definitely not your everyday "moderate" hike. But really worth it. Took us 5 hours with short breaks in between.

We chose this hike after doing dog mountain a week before. We wanted something of the relatively same difficulty rating.
Tbh, it wasn't as hard as dog, but had its moments. The summit was kinda disappointing since it didn't have any sort of clearing to look at the view. But there are some good views on the way to the summit.
Good hike all in all.

Nice easy hike. We continued to a beautiful Bear lake which is only 1.5 km from the Junction lake.

The hike was indeed difficult but also beautiful! Just ask our two huskies who are both super tuckered out. I was very surprised by the amount of poison oak on the sides of the trail. Hoping we avoided it well enough. We are hoping to come back in the spring for the wild flowers!

Short but steep. Incredible views at the top and very windy. Rocky at times

Gorgeous views. Nothing too much at the top but the whole way up you’re rewarded with different terrain and views of the river. Spend some time checking out the rocky formations— super cool!

I went with Lisa. see the review below

8/28/18 Loved this trail. Wanted a mellower hike after doing the nearby 6.1 mile Indian Heaven hike yesterday. Slightly hilly, so got our heart rate up, but not too challenging. Beautifully groomed trails. Lots of ripe huckleberries trail side-wished I had brought a container to pick into and take home. Only saw one other group of hikers and a small group camping at the lake-which was muddy. Overall just a lovely, peaceful trail.

hiking
26 days ago

Trail is so worth it, but the climb is straight up 1300 ft over 2 miles length! Switchbacks & some rock climbing at the top. However, if you can handle that part.. it’s so worth it!! Can see Mt Adams, Helen’s & Mt Hood!!

We were there on a cloudy day so the peak views weren’t great, but still well worth the trip for the vast views of trees and beauty.

As a side note: if you’re planning to get to trailhead from the all trails written directions.. service road 88 has a name = trout lake creek road. If you look for SR 88, you won’t find it! Learned that one the hard way :)

I found my way back to this trail recently. Planning s return for overnight stay!!

awesome hike - pushed all the way to the top and the views along the way were so rewarding.

backpacking
29 days ago

Good entry to the Indian Heaven Wilderness and the PCT

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