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Little Beacon Rock (Winter 2016)

Directions: Take I-84 East to Cascade Locks and cross the Bridge Of The Gods ($2 toll). Go left onto Highway 14 and drive to Beacon Rock. Take the road right across from Beacon Rock and follow it up to the Hamilton Mountain Trailhead.

This is a revisit, to see our first post click here. This hike is a great addition to Pool Of The Winds since you start on the same trail.

From the parking area head up the fairly steep, wide trail. After about a half mile you will come to an opening and cross under power lines. You get a good view of Hamilton Mountain, Bonneville Dam, and the Gorge. There is a trail junction here that you need to take. Go left and follow the trail as it goes back to the power line tower and enters back into the woods.

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The trail starts to head downhill slightly as you walk along a well maintained and quiet trail. When you come to the Hadley Trail junction go left and the trail soon opens up giving you a view of Little Beacon Rock. You’ll come into a rocky area and the trail turns to gravel. If you’re quiet you might get a glimpse of the Pika that live in the rocks. The trail ends at Little Beacon Rock and gives you a nice view of Beacon Rock in the distance.

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When you are ready to head back follow the trail back to the Hadley Trail junction. Take a left and follow the Hadley Trail down to the paved road. Go left and pass by a couple campsites and go around the closed gate that takes you back to the trailhead and your car.

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Distance: 2 miles (easy)

Elevation: 250 feet (easy)

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes at the trailhead

Parking Fee: $10 Washington Discovery Pass

Seasons: All

Popular: Parts of this trail can be busy

Warnings: None

Little Beacon Rock (Summer 2014)

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 at the Hamilton Mountain Trailhead in Washington. Head up a wide forested trail that eventually opens up and takes you under powerlines. There is a junction with a bench. Take a left at the junction, this is the Hadley Trail. This trail starts out open and under the powerlines but quickly becomes forested. Follow the trail down to a junction that is marked for Little Beacon Rock. Take a left and head down Little Beacon Rock trail. You will soon be able to see Little Beacon Rock, follow the trail to the end and you will have a nice view of Beacon Rock down below.

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To head back to your car take the Little Beacon Rock Trail to the junction and go left on Hadley Trail until you reach the trailhead. At the parking area go left down the road until you reach the Hamilton Mountain parking area.

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Distance: 2 miles (easy)

Elevation: 200 feet (easy)

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: Washington State Discovery Pass

Seasons: All

Popular: No

Warnings: None