Beacon Rock State Park - Hardy Ridge — Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016
Type of HikeDay hike
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
RoadRoad suitable for all vehicles
Lola, Kai and I completed another hike on our quest to visit all 7 trails in Southwest Washington that were built by WTA volunteers. The Hardy Ridge Trail was the first project that established a partnership with Beacon Rock State Park that paved the way for other projects. WTA volunteers built the Bridge Trail and the River to Rock trail at the park and continue to do much needed maintenance there every year. I knew that the double-track approach would be too long for the kids so I rigged up a stroller to pull Lola and put Kai in the backpack. I thought about using our mountain bike, but figured this would be easier on me. As this was our last hike of the weekend's road trip we were all pretty tired. To keep the kids entertained I switched things up - going from both kids riding to both kids walking and then finally for the last push I put Lola in the backpack and Kai on my shoulders. (we left the stroller at the beginning of the single-track that is the start of the Hardy Ridge Trail). I also let Lola take pictures with my phone at one point. It slowed us down, but she had fun and that's what counts. Finally we made it to the top just as the sun was getting low and I changed our last available diaper! It was worth it. We got down to the parking lot after dark and texted mom that we were on the road home and asked if she could please have a hot pizza waiting for us.