Hardy & Rodney Falls (Pool of Winds)
Central Gorge, Washington
Pool of the Winds (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)
Hike Details
Out and back
2.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
440 feet
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
Trailhead Pass:
Trail Details
This hike takes you up a steep but beautifully forested climb to three tiers of waterfalls. Start at the Hamilton Mountain Trailhead and climb up to Hardy Creek. You'll come to a side trail leading downhill to a viewpoint of the lowest tier, known as Hardy Falls. This is a 90 foot plunge straight into a beautiful green pool. Next, after a short distance past the Hardy Falls spur, you'll see a signed spur heading up to the left, leading to Rodney Falls or Pool of the Winds. At Pool of the Winds, Hardy Creek is channeled into a funnel-like chamber in the cliff face. From the Pool of the Winds junction, the main trail switchbacks down to a bridge over Hardy Creek, just at the base of the middle falls of Rodney Falls.
Beacon Rock State Park Map
Hike by Bus! The Skamania County WET Bus stops at this trailhead. Plan your next trip using this service with our suggested hike itinerary. Learn more.

- Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of oregonhikers.org.

Directions & Travel Tips

Hamilton Mtn Trailhead in Beacon Rock State Park:  Cross Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks ($2 toll). Turn left/west onto WA Hwy 14 and travel seven miles. Watch for Beacon Rock - it will tower in front of you as you approach the state park which is near mile marker 35. Turn right into the campground and follow it uphill a short way. Take your first right into the small trailhead parking lot. From Vancouver, travel east on WA Hwy 14 for 35 miles. As you near the state park, you will begin to see Beacon Rock. Turn left into the campground (directly across from the Beacon Rock) and follow it uphill a short way. Take your first right into the small trailhead parking lot.