Beacon Rock Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, WA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Hike the core of a volcano! An easy-moderate walk up this 845ft tall remnant of a 57,000 year old eruption. Beacon Rock is a the core of an ancient volcano. Over thousands of years, hundreds of massive floods (originating in Missoula Montana) careened through the Columbia River Gorge and carved away the volcano's main structure, leaving only the lava core we see today. Depending on the definition and expert you talk to, it is the second largest free standing monolith in the northern hemisphere! The trail up Beacon Rock is short and manageable for day-hikers of all ages, at just under a mile each direction. It is well maintained, although not paved most the way. BACKGROUND: Beacon Rock is 848 feet (258 m) tall and is composed of Basalt. The United States Army Corps of Engineers planned to destroy the rock to supply material for the jetty at the mouth of the ColumbiaIn. In 1915 Henry Biddle purchased the rock for $1 and over the next three years constructed the switchbacks and trail, most of which is still in use today. After his death, Biddle's family tried to make it a state park. At first Washington refused the gift, but changed its position when Oregon offered to accept.
Went on a cool, breezy Sunday morning so the traffic was light. Very beautiful views at several spots on the way up. The trail and rails are were in pretty good shape.
Moderate trail with lots of vertical switches covering gravel, wooden walkways and dirt. Lots of kids and groups. The top gets crowded easily and does not offer a panoramic view but there are some great ones of the Colombia River on the way up. $10 to park. The climbing trails were all closed but I'm not a climber. Must do!
great views on a short hike..well worth it
Amazing views! Easy hike. No bathrooms.
Hiked this after hiking the Hamilton Mountain Loop trail- made paying $10 to park worth it!
Great hike for beginners, easy very well maintained trail and beautiful scenery, makes this hike a must if you are looking for a short hike while in the area. After the hike you can soak in the mineral waters of Bonneville Spa just a few miles away.
Talk about stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge, I would hike this trail anytime. My buddy and I did this hike during on a Tuesday and there wasn't much foot traffic up and down the trek. The hike was semi-paved and really easy to hike up and down Beacon Rock and would recommend anyone of any age to adventure up to Beacon rock. Once you reach the top of Beacon Rock, you will see the impressive views of the Columbia River Gorge.
Short and fun. Great for kids. Excellent views of the Gorge!
The views on this hike are breathless, but the view from the top is disappointing because it was obscured by bushes and trees.The hike is easy and barely took me an hour round trip including a 20 minute break at the top to eat lunch. I wouldn't hesitate to take my children on this hike, even though it took me longer to get here than it took to do the hike.
Second time my family has done this and it's always so pleasurable. Have to get a day pass for parking for $10. Quite a bit of people on the trails unfortunately but it doesn't take away from the views of the gorge and other scenery.
Nothing too spectacular. I've done this hike a couple of times several years ago. It's a basalt column that rises 600 ft. with a bunch of switchbacks. One think to note here is that Lewis and Clark mentioned Beacon Rock in one of their daily journals.
Great short hike
I would like to note that you need a discover pass which is $15.!! I wish I knew that before I came all this way.
Incredible views, impressive trail