12.5 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •
Great day wandering Beacon Rock SP with Woodswalker! We started out with a swing by Little Beacon Rock, which must be the coolest/least-appreciated feature in the park. Then went cross-country, past the abandoned cabin, and over to the Hardy Ridge trail. As we climbed, clouds enveloped us, and we eventually hit pockets of snow above the 4-way junction. Ate lunch in the clouds, but as we began our descent a magical clearing occurred. Oh my, "this is why we hike!" Climbed back up a bit, for a better view of some killer Brocken spectres, then enjoyed a leisurely descent down. The falls were, as expected, simply raging.