I could have gone anywhere. Walking around Sauvie Island was cool but I wanted some elevation gain. After learning about the Saddle and the other trails around Beacon Rock, it wanted to "conquer" the places I'd missed.
The trail was dry in spots it's been muddy on the last couple of visits, same as last time (Saturday). The Staircase at Rodney Falls was a bit muddy.
After Rodney Falls, I took the Hardy Creek Trail. This is amazing. Not too steep. Nice gradual climb deeper into the forest. You can hear the water but not any easy views.
When I got to the Equestrian Trail junction, I kept going north up Upper Hardy Creek. I stopped briefly at Don's Cutoff trail and the Bridge Trail. I could hear some people taking photos and laughing.
Upward and onward.
There was another trail toward the end of the loop but it's not named on AllTrails. I stayed on the named trail.
I finally reached the other end of that spur trail; it wouldn't have saved much time and was pretty overgrown.
I didn't take any photos along the way but when got to the Saddle I had to get out my camera.
|Emerging from the Upper Hardy Creek trail to Saddle|
|Look back at trail junction|
|Looking west at Columbia River|
The trail between the Saddle and the top of Hamilton Mountain is pretty steep, the last uphill climb before a great descent.
It was very rewarding to reach the "top", having come from the other direction.
The views were just as amazing as Saturday. I took the Little Hamilton detour again. There were a few people chillin'. I waved and keep going.