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Spring Hikes

Hope everyone is enjoying the new season! Here are some of our favorite spring-time hikes 🙂

 

If you’re looking for flowers:

Pittock Mansion

Rowena Crest & Tom McCall Nature Preserve

Lacamas Creek (Camas Lily Field)

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

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Hikes that open in spring or that should be done before it gets too hot:

Larch Mountain

Painted Hills

Smith Rock

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Waterfalls!:

Tunnel Falls

Fairy Falls

Dry Creek Falls

Pool Of The Winds

Falls Creek Falls

Mist Falls

 

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Spring kayaking:

Columbia River Slough

Sturgeon Lake

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Pool Of The Winds (Winter)

Directions: 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.

This hike is a revisit, to see our first post click here.

The first time we did this hike was at the end of August a few years ago. It was extremely hot and Hardy Creek was really low. For us, it was a pretty boring hike. This time around was SO much better!

From the trailhead the wide path immediately starts uphill. The trail was really muddy and slick in areas due to all the rain we’ve had lately. Nothing abnormal for a winter hike in the Northwest though :). After about a half mile from the trailhead you’ll cross under some power lines and come to a trail junction where you get a good view of Hamilton Mountain. Stay straight and the trail continues to stay uphill for another quarter mile. As the trail flattens out you’ll cross a footbridge and come to a side trail that takes you down to a viewing platform for Hardy Falls. The view isn’t that great as you’re mostly seeing the top of the waterfall.

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Back on the main trail continue on and a short distance later the trail comes to another side trail. Going left takes you up to Pool Of The Winds. The trail was closed because of a few large trees that had fallen and damaged the trail. Check out our last post to see pictures of this waterfall. Following the main trail down one long switchback takes you to a bridge right at Rodney Falls. The difference this time around was crazy. On our first visit we ate lunch under the bridge on the rocks because the creek was just trickling. This time it was so full and actually looked like a waterfall

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Rodney Falls is the endpoint for this hike, so turn around and head back out the way you came in.

We definitely recommend doing this hike in late fall, winter, and spring. Water levels make all the difference!

Distance: 2.5 miles

Elevation: 500 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes at the trailhead

Parking Fee: $10 Washington Discover Pass

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: Time of year really makes a difference, this quickly became a favorite fall/winter hike!

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.