Saturday, June 25, 2022

Hike: Phlox Point via East Hardy Ridge Trail, N Bonneville, WA

AllTrails map

AllTrails map

Getting There

The trailhead is accessible from the Equestrian Camp Parking Lot, a bit west of Beacon Rock & Hamilton Mountain.

Take WA-14 from Vancouver, WA east toward N Bonneville. Just after Doetsch Ranch you'll see the Ranger Station on the north side of the road just before the Beacon Rock parking lot. The road winds up the hill for a bit. Keep a lookout for the the Equestrian Camp turn off.

The Hike

Length: 8.56 mi
Elevation gain: 2,234 ft
Moving time: 3:12:43
Avg. pace: 22:31
Total time: 3:38:46
Calories: 1,698 (AllTrails), 3,192
Steps: 20,397
Floors: 245 (Fitbit)

I've hiked in warm weather before so I brought plenty of water but I knew most of the trails in this park are well-covered by the trees. One year minus a day I hiked Angel's Rest during last year's heat wave (90-100+℉). Today was nothing like that. It was in the 80s and cooler in the shade. Even the 1/2 mile section on the ridge to the point was pleasant but pretty windy.

I was wearing my big straw hat and had to really hold on to it during gust that were strong enough to knock me off balance.

The out-n-back section was a little overgrown but not bad.

Hardy Ridge (foreground), Mt Hood (background)

Table Mountain (left), Dog Mountain (distant middle)

Phlox Point cairn, Table Mountain