Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Stevenson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail is on the hard side of moderate. The falls and the views along the way were beautiful. The view from the top of Hamilton was, honestly, pretty disappointing though. The views along the way were so much more rewarding.

Great hike! Had a lot of fun and views were awesome!

Fun and challenging hike. Beautiful waterfall, mostly shaded trail with excellent views. At the top you’ll get a good view of Mt. Adams. On a warm day make sure you have water. Trail is dog (on-leash) friendly but difficult at times if your dog pulls on leash due to the rocky parts and lose rock. Lots of flies/bugs on the trail as you get closer to the top. Restrooms at the trailhead. It was busy but plenty of parking at the trailhead and the parking lot just past the trailhead on the left. Got to the trail at about 8:30-9am. Finished the hike around 1-1:30 with having lunch at the top.

Real steep near the end, but push through it and it’s all worth it. Two separate “peaks” on the mountain. Gorgeous view of the gorge

Getting to the trailhead is simple enough. I came up by way of Merrell Lake and the Kalama Horse Camp. I think most people go up and past Ape Cave but both are fine. As others noted, the trail is in great shape. Bring water and DEET with you though! The lack of water along the hike was disappointing to me but it was still a great time.

I would suggest that you explore the actual lower camp area once you get up to the base of Butte dome. The camp ain’t much... a couple of logs serving as benches around a fire ring but still...

The second recommendation is to go that last mile to reach the Loowit Trail. The views are spectacular and once you get above the tree line, well that’s just cool experience.

Most of the hike is in the woods so catching those grand vistas up past lower camp is exceptionally worthy.

Assuming you do the trail clockwise be careful as you come back around the west. The trail is almost non existent and incredibly slippery. Lots of wash out - I would stay away actually. Wildflowers right now are awesome. No mosquitos.

Loved this one!! I stopped at the top of Hamilton Mountain and came back down, didn’t continue on to the full loop. I will next time because this hike is one of my new favorites! About 4 miles up and down. Would have been about the 7.5 with the full loop.

Starts off steep, levels off a bit, then steep again with switchbacks, then lots of rock/gravel. My little 20-lb dog made it just fine!

Waterfall/pool was cool to explore.

Scramble a bit down some side trails if you so choose for some beautiful views. Then keep continuing up the narrow gravel trail for some gorgeous views of the gorge at the top!!

Did this with little ones. It was a tough one, but so worth it in the end!! Slow and steady

Very nice hike. Best start early or parking will be a problem. Parking cost money too and will require the discovery pass. I did the entire loop and once you hit the peak and finish the cardio portion, it gets to be a very relaxing hike.

Caveat: it was 93 degrees and very dry when we did this hike. However we really enjoyed it; be sure to explore around Pool of the Winds: a unique falls and worth the hike even if that’s your turn-around point

Awesome hike! The viewpoint at the top should be erased from the map unless it counts to look at a bunch of weeds as tall as Paul Bunyan surrounding in every direction. Dough matter though because there are a kazillion amazing views on the way up (or down depending on which way you loop). Make sure to go out the side trails (but be careful) to see all the crazy views. The falls were cool too. I also did the side trip to Little Beacon Rock which I found worth the extra effort even though I was completely exhausted. Did Cape Horn before that for a total of 17 miles, it was 96 degrees, and I hadn't slept a blink the night before. By grace alone I made it through the day so I could wish my friend a happy birthday in the evening at his party (like a zombie).

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1 month ago

Well maintained trail, beautiful views everywhere.

Unless you have Discover Pass parking will cost $10.00 per day. We did the Hamilton Mtn. trail. It was a pretty decent hike. It was challenging but you can squeeze in a nice break when you reach Rodney Falls. Not quite the halfway mark to the Hamilton Summit but a good 1.8 mi. from the falls to the Hamilton Summit.

I’m not sure if my phone tracked the mileage incorrectly but I don’t think the hike is 7+ miles (I think it’s shorter). That said, this is still a beautiful hike. After doing several hikes in the Gorge the views end up looking similar but Hamilton Mountain still has a breathtaking view. The waterfall along the way is also picturesque. We climbed up next to it and it was really nice!

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1 month ago

Decent hike. We went on a weekday but it was still pretty busy. It was quite the climb to get to the top and the view is obstructed by all the bushes. There is a beautiful waterfall which is where most people hike to and then turn around. While the view was pretty, it was the same as any other Gorge hike view. I'm glad I did this hike but I won't be doing it again.

This is another nice hike in the gorge. Fairly close to Portland area and has the typical beautiful views on the way up. Hike up is challenging enough to provide a good workout. The top is slightly disappointing as the over grown bushes prevents clear views to the gorge and Bonneville dam. However if you continue on the hike about a quarter of a mile, you come upon a nice open area where everybody stops to rest and eat and take in beautiful views. Will try Beacon Rock next time I come by this area.

Gets a little confusing towards the top, the trail is marked well for the first 3 miles but lacks in the middle!! Lots of sun exposure!!

Went on a cold, rainy day and it was really a beautiful hike. Good distance. Nice challenge. Beautiful viewpoints. One of our favorites.

Solid trail, better to go up the back end and come back the river side. Water fall was cool, views are great, well worth going up there, leave early, parking lots are small.

Great hike!!! It’s moderately very challenging! Differently recommend Trekking Poles. Won’t need them till you get to the summit kinda treacherous without them. The view once you get there is sooo worth it!!!!

Nice moderately challenging hike with beautiful views of the gorge! The summit is a bit underwhelming, but the views on the ascent and from the saddle more than make up for it. Much of the hike is shady, which is nice on a hot day.

Absolutely gorgeous view of the gorge, only problem is the best view is halfway. The top has little payout because it is so overgrown.

If you’re out of shape and unused to steeper inclines (like me) there are sections of this trail that are absolutely brutal. Going up my lungs and legs were on fire; going down my knees and toes were getting murdered; but the views were beyond worth it.

The saddle up top is one of my favorite spots in the Gorge. There are more impressive views to be had elsewhere, but the high plateau has a surreal feel to it that I just love.

Did only little Hamilton Thurs 6/7. It is a very steep incline after Hardy Falls. I wanted to reach the summit but once at little Hamilton, the trail to get there was right at a cliff edge and I guess, as I get older, I have more fear of heights and vertigo :( I enjoyed reaching little Hamilton and the view was spectacular. I started at 8AM right when it opened so I had lunch at the semi-top by myself. If you go in the early morning, pack a light jacket if you want to rest at the top, it is very windy and cold. Recommend this hike as it is very beautiful all the way up! If you come down the same way, I highly recommend poles...my knees were very thankful!

Forestry pass needed and park opens at 8am. Get there early to avoid crowds. Depending on season (now) there is a lot of sun exposure even at the early hours. Lots of inclines, I'd say the entire hike is almost uphill so going down can be quick. Hardy falls and Pool of the winds is a sweet cool treat halfway up. The top of the mountain is a nice view but very obstructed by brush..there is however a nice rock lookout to the right on the way up to the top about 1 mile before hitting the top. Nice wildflowers during this time and views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams were awesome.

Just did this on Sunday 6-3-2018. Beautiful area with amazing viewpoints along the way. Took the counterclockwise direction loop and included the Hardy Creek trail. The summit is not signed but then has limited views due to brush growth. If you continue down the trail, you'll come up to a wide open area with better views and an opportunity to rest and eat while sitting down on rocky spots. It's definitely steeper going this route. If you want to go easier initially, take the Hardy Creek Trail route first and do the loop clockwise, but I don't recommend that as coming down will be steep on the Hamilton Trail. Another beautiful hike with views in the gorge.

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2 months ago

It was a gorgeous June day. We only made it up about half way (~2 miles in) before the trail began to get too overgrown for our lady hikers in shorts. It was a clear and sunny day and we were hoping to get to the top to see some amazing views... maybe next time.
Still... the trail was beautiful and quiet. Loved the rushing water under the two bridges we crossed. Plenty of shade and filtered sunshine during our mid-morning hike. Lots of tall timber and lots of fallen timber along the water.
We passed just one other hiker and a set of two horseback riders on beautiful horses.
The trail is mostly softened dirt with occasional fertilizer morsels... courtesy of the horses.

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