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Rodney Falls
   Skamania County, Washington

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Rodney Falls is by far the more interesting of the two major waterfalls in Beacon Rock State Park. Here, Hardy Creek pounds over a 35 foot ledge, into an alcove, where it has carved a deep, round pool aptly named The Pool of the Winds. From this pool, the creek exits through a crack no more than 3 feet wide, and cascades down another 45 feet over a jumbled cliff face. A precarious viewpoint has been built where the creek empties from The Pool of the Winds, allowing you to peer up into the alcove. However, when the creek is running high, be sure to bring your gortex, and don't expect to take any pictures, because with the wind comes the spray. The falls are quite photogenic, and are otherwise viewed from a footbridge spanning Hardy Creek at the base of the falls.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Rodney Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

moderate access

Located in Beacon Rock State Park, on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. From the intersection of Highways 205 and 14 in Vancouver, drive east along Highway 14 for about 28 miles to Beacon Rock State Park. Turn left at the sign for the campground, and proceed 1/3 of a mile to the parking lot for the Hamilton Mountain trailhead. Currently, there is a $5.00 parking fee. Hike up the well graded, but constantly climbing Hamilton Mountain trail for 1.4 miles to a split in the trail. The left fork leads shortly to the Pool of the Winds viewpoint, the right continues across Hardy Creek at the base of the falls, then continues up to Hamilton Mountain.

Latitude

45.64332 N

Longitude

-122.01423 W

Elevation

1024 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Beacon Rock 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Hardy Falls

0.157 miles

Aldrich Falls

2.56 miles

Woodward Falls

3.28 miles

Elowah Falls

3.783 miles

Upper Mccord Creek Falls

3.889 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

4.168 miles

Wahe Falls

4.581 miles

Upper Wahe Falls

4.842 miles

Munra Falls

5.062 miles

Lower Greenleaf Falls

5.08 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

32.38

IWC

1.31  (Class 2)

RATING

45.57 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

80 feet

Tallest Drop

35 feet

Num. Drops

2

AVG. Width

10 feet

Pitch

77 degrees

Run

50 feet

Primary Form

Tiered Horsetails

 

Watershed

Columbia River (Snake River to Portland)

Stream

Hardy Creek

AVG. Volume

50.0 cfs

Source

Unknown

Seasonality

Best Flows

Winter - Spring

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 07, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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