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|I decided to take a quick hike this afternoon. I was by myself and chose Hamilton Mountain on the Washington side of The Columbia River Gorge. I borrowed my sister's State Park Pass and arrived at the parking lot at the trailhead just after 3:00 p.m. I started out at 3:20 p.m. Wanting to get back before dark I set a fast pace and arrived at the falls in 25 minutes. The climb to the top of Hamilton Mountain is rated by most trail guides as "difficult". If you take "the loop" the hike is 9 miles. I however chose for the shorter, but steeper "short" path that is 7 miles round trip, but 2100 ft elevation climb (in 3.5 miles). I reached the summit of 2445 ft. in 1 hour 35 minutes, despite having to stop a couple of times to dress more warmly. I was subjected to a hail storm 1/2 way up, and towards the top it was snowing like nobody's business. I was prepared though and had a base layer, sweat shirt, and snowboard jacket, hat and 2 hoods, plus snowboard gloves. So I didn't get cold. I took this photo on my way back down. This is Rodney Falls. There is a LOT of water coming over the falls right now with the snow melt and rain. It really makes the falls spectacular and I was the only one here! From start to finish it took me 2 hours and 50 minutes including several photo stops and redressing stops (It was 6:10 p.m. and well before dark when I arrived at my car). I think all the hiking my sister and I have been doing is starting to pay off.|
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You've captured the whole view of the falls from here, including the Pool of the Winds. Super Photo. Next time you'll get to take more photos while waiting for me! LOL
- [2005-04-18 20:20]
Not your avarage water slide ate the fun fair I say :)
You managed to capture a lot of depth in this image and I like the composition.
Very well done and thanks for posting