Beacon Rock and Hamilton Mountain

On October 7 Susan and I hiked up Beacon Rock and Hamilton Mountain. Beacon rock is a large monolith in the Columbia Gorge, and Hamilton Mountain is a peak on the Washington side of the gorge.

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Beacon Rock. It's about 800 feet high.
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The Columbia gorge, seen as I climb Beacon Rock.
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The trail up Beacon Rock was installed by one person early in the 20th century.
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It's really an amazing trail. In a lot of places it is basically catwalks bolted to the side of the rock.
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A view as you hike up.
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Susan at the top.
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Me at the top. In the background is Hamilton Mountain, which we hiked later in the day.
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The hike down the rock.
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Another view from the trail. The rock was straight down all the way to the level of the river.
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A waterfall on the way up Hamilton Mountain.
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Another view of the same waterfall, from a bit farther away.
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There mountain was covered in these black and yellow millipedes.
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Beacon Rock, as seen from the trail up Hamilton Mountain.
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The hike up Hamilton Mountain followed a lot of cliffs. Here's the view off of one of the cliffs. You can see the Bonneville Dam.
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Sue hiking up along one of the cliffs.
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A view from near the top of the mountain, looking down on the cliffs, with Beacon Rock in the background.
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Table rock. I think that is Mt. Adams in the background, just to the right of table rock.
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That's Mt. Hood just visible over the walls of the gorge.
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Another view of Bonneville Dam.
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Sue.
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A garter snake.
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Another waterfall, near the end of the hike.
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