Hamilton Mountain trail, Beacon Rock State Park, Washington, June 14, 2019
We hiked to the top of the upper rocky switchbacks, looking for wildflowers. I have previously hiked here earlier in the wildflower season – being slightly later meant getting to see both Lewisia and Clarkia in bloom. We had cloud cover most of the day, then Mt Hood peeked out as we began our descent. Hike #28 for 2019, 6 miles, 1500 feet.
The waterfall area:
Up the lower cliffs and out onto Little Hamilton Mountain viewpoint:
Wildflower meadows in this area:
Farther up the trail, on the rocky upper switchbacks, Columbian Lewisia clings to the cliff edges.
Upper meadows with both Lewisia and a few Clarkias up on the slope, as well as bluehead gilia, Oregon sunshine, death camas and blue-eyed Mary:
We stopped near here at the top of the switchbacks for lunch. On the way down, Mt Hood peaked out from under the clouds.