April 21, 2014

A Spring Hike to Hamilton Mountain

This past weekend Kristy and I went on a hike to Hamilton Mountain on the Washington State side of the Columbia River Gorge. It was a beautiful day filled with waterfalls, wildflowers, and views of the mountains. It was a welcome respite from the rain which has been falling off and on all week and which according to the forecast will continue to do so all week. So in the spirit of getting to the good stuff, here are some pretty pictures from the hike. Enjoy!

First view of Hamilton Mountain

Hardy Falls or Rodney Falls, it was hard to tell from the map

"Pool of the Winds"

Upland Larkspur (Delphinum nuttalianum) just starting to open up

Vista from the false summit

An even better view from the false summit

Looking down over the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River

View of the Hamilton Mountain summit (with Mt. Hood peeking over its left shoulder)

My all-time favorite flower, Paintbrush (Castilleja spp.)

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