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Ascent of Hamilton Mountain on 2010-02-20

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:Krystal Wanberg
Date:Saturday, February 20, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hamilton Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:2438 ft / 743 m

Ascent Trip Report

A beautiful spring day inspired a bunch of people to get outside, resulting in a packed parking area. We had to park at the upper picnic/overflow area, which added about a half mile and 160' to the hike.

This is a really great half-day hike from the Portland area, it has a couple of waterfalls about a mile in on the trail and great views of Mt. Adams and the summit of Mt. Hood. I couldn't see Mt. Saint Helens, which was probably blocked by a higher ridge to the north. The "More Difficult" trail up the south side of the peak is well maintained, with the underlying basalt rock exposed in many places to function much like stairs. I think this is a much easier hike than neighboring Dog Mountain for that reason. The return route trails off to the north of the peak, then joins a gravel/dirt road (appears passable to 2wd cars if it's ever open) and steadily descends down the Hardy Creek side of Hamilton Mountain until it rejoins a trail which completes the loop just east of the falls. We made a short jaunt up to the Pool of the Wind at the base of one of the falls, which is small but really spectacular.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2278 ft / 693 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2278 ft / 693 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2078 ft / 633 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1958 ft / 597 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Hamilton Mtn. Trail
    Start Trailhead:Upper Picnic Area  480 ft / 146 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2158 ft / 657 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1958 ft / 597 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Hardy Creek Trail
    End Trailhead:Upper Picnic Area  480 ft / 146 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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