Pool Of The Winds (Summer)

 

Distance: Take I-84 East to Cascade Locks and cross the Bridge Of The Gods ($2 toll). Go left on Highway 14 and drive until you reach Beacon Rock. Take the road right across from Beacon Rock and follow it to the parking area for Hamilton Mountain.

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This hike starts out immediately uphill on a wide forested trail. It will soon open up and you’ll hike under powerlines and have views of Hamilton Mountain and Bonneville Dam. There is a junction at the top with a bench. Keep going forward, taking a left at the junction will take you to Little Beacon Rock and a campground.

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Continuing on the trail you will come to a side trail that takes you to a wooden platform where you have a view of Hardy Falls. Back on the main trail continue on and cross a wooden bridge and head to a junction. Continue forward and up a few stairs to view Pool of The Winds. This falls is viewed through a 6 foot slot in the rocks.

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Head back down the stairs and take a left at the junction and head down to a bridge and Rodney Falls. There are lots of rocks that make a great place for lunch. To get back to your car go back the same way you came in.

Distance: 2.5 miles

Elevation: 500 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: $10 Washington Discovery Pass

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: The water levels are less than impressive. This hike would probably be better in fall or winter.

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