Although the Rock steals the limelight, Beacon Rock state park has an extensive network of trails on the north side of the Highway. Join with our Thursday crew volunteers as they work to restore and improve some of these routes.
Although Beacon Rocks namesake monolith steals much of the limelight, there is an extensive trail system of non-motorized trails north of Hwy 14. Hardy Creek runs between the popular Hamilton Mt. and its lesser known ridge to the west, Hardy Ridge. Many of the routes in the Hardy Ridge area use old logging roads that are closed to motor vehicles making for pleasant double track for equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers. But starting in 2005 WTA volunteers began work on two single-track routes that provide more loop options in the park. The first completed in 2009 links the East and West Hardy Ridge Trails with a 0.9 mile hiker only single-track that traverses the ridge providing an excellent vista of the Columbia Gorge. The second trail, know as the Bridge Trail was completed in 2012. It links the East Hardy Trail to the Upper Hardy Creek Trail and is open to all non-motorized users. The 0.76 mile trail winds through a dense forest of evergreens, crossing two creeks, then arches across Hardy Creek on a majestic bridge.
GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head