Explore the most popular walking trails in Beacon Rock State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy trail but perfect for my 3 year old and my 6 years old.

amazing views

Solid trail, better to go up the back end and come back the river side. Water fall was cool, views are great, well worth going up there, leave early, parking lots are small.

Great hike!!! It’s moderately very challenging! Differently recommend Trekking Poles. Won’t need them till you get to the summit kinda treacherous without them. The view once you get there is sooo worth it!!!!

Nice moderately challenging hike with beautiful views of the gorge! The summit is a bit underwhelming, but the views on the ascent and from the saddle more than make up for it. Much of the hike is shady, which is nice on a hot day.

This hike is beautiful for a misty and rainy day. I would definitely recommend heading out this way to take advantage of some incredible Gorge views. This can be very busy, and hiking footwear is not needed, since the trails are paved.

Arrived at 8:30 on a weekday and had the trail to myself. Not a difficult climb but will get your heart pumping a bit. Be sure to enjoy the view from the trail, as there is somewhat limited viewing from the top. Well worth it!!

Absolutely gorgeous view of the gorge, only problem is the best view is halfway. The top has little payout because it is so overgrown.

Quick, fun little hike. Our pups and 7 year old visitor had no issues. Great views at the top even though it was pretty cloudy and rainy. Some parts on the trail are wooden and they were pretty slippery.

If you’re out of shape and unused to steeper inclines (like me) there are sections of this trail that are absolutely brutal. Going up my lungs and legs were on fire; going down my knees and toes were getting murdered; but the views were beyond worth it.

The saddle up top is one of my favorite spots in the Gorge. There are more impressive views to be had elsewhere, but the high plateau has a surreal feel to it that I just love.

Did only little Hamilton Thurs 6/7. It is a very steep incline after Hardy Falls. I wanted to reach the summit but once at little Hamilton, the trail to get there was right at a cliff edge and I guess, as I get older, I have more fear of heights and vertigo :( I enjoyed reaching little Hamilton and the view was spectacular. I started at 8AM right when it opened so I had lunch at the semi-top by myself. If you go in the early morning, pack a light jacket if you want to rest at the top, it is very windy and cold. Recommend this hike as it is very beautiful all the way up! If you come down the same way, I highly recommend poles...my knees were very thankful!

Forestry pass needed and park opens at 8am. Get there early to avoid crowds. Depending on season (now) there is a lot of sun exposure even at the early hours. Lots of inclines, I'd say the entire hike is almost uphill so going down can be quick. Hardy falls and Pool of the winds is a sweet cool treat halfway up. The top of the mountain is a nice view but very obstructed by brush..there is however a nice rock lookout to the right on the way up to the top about 1 mile before hitting the top. Nice wildflowers during this time and views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams were awesome.

Just did this on Sunday 6-3-2018. Beautiful area with amazing viewpoints along the way. Took the counterclockwise direction loop and included the Hardy Creek trail. The summit is not signed but then has limited views due to brush growth. If you continue down the trail, you'll come up to a wide open area with better views and an opportunity to rest and eat while sitting down on rocky spots. It's definitely steeper going this route. If you want to go easier initially, take the Hardy Creek Trail route first and do the loop clockwise, but I don't recommend that as coming down will be steep on the Hamilton Trail. Another beautiful hike with views in the gorge.

04/18/2018
Easy hike on a well maintained trail. Great views of the Columbia river. Parking can get crowded. This trail is is short, but it serves its purpose.

lots of wildflowers, east ascent steep at times

Love the views!

I've done this hike twice and it's always a blast! Starts out steep but gets better and the waterfall and views from the top make it all worth it. Bathrooms and camping at base of trail

Very beautiful but Very heavy foot traffic.

incredible views. and very well maintained. soo nice and easy.

Love this hike! It’s a fun climb with rewarding views at the top. I’ve only done it as an out and back, but you can make it a loop.

Hiked Hamilton Mountain TH yesterday. It has a neat waterfall. The hike is a bit rough if you want the reach the top of Hamilton.

Enjoyed the trail and overlooks of the gorge.

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24 days ago

Took my 10 year old son out for his first hike of the season and had a great time. First time here. It was very busy, which was to be expected on Memorial Day weekend; but we found a parking spot and enjoyed the day. Definitely high cliffs so I wouldn’t take anyone afraid of heights or with a very young child- just my opinion. Beautiful views along the way and at the top; albeit crowded. Also note that you have to have a Discovery Pass as it is in the state of Washington. All in all a great 1.8 mike hike with quick elevation gain.

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24 days ago

Hiked 5/16/18 (Mem Day weekend). Lot filled up by 9am. Nice hike overall. Hardy Falls is small in comparison to others nearby, but the little cave it goes through is cool. Some nice overlooks when you get up high, although today it was cloudy and raining at the summit. Much colder too! The climb is moderate to hard depending on your skill level. But the trail is popular and there were more and more hikers of various skills as the morning wire on. Completed the 7.5 mile loop in about 3.5 hours.

Hiked 04/24/18

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26 days ago

Rich in history!
Along the zig zag trip up the 800ft you see a plack as well with all the old anchors of the many years ago.
The view is phenomenal with birds, scenic & the herds from below.
Railing but I would still trust my feet a bit more then allowing full weight, let alone my 2 year old (keep kids on the inside of you).

This was a very beautiful hike. The summit was a mix of terrifying and beautiful seeing the georgeous landscape from such an open viewpoint. I did get a bit lost on this one however since I didn't do an out and back I tried for a loop which was a big mistake. The trail markers are not clear to where the lead or where you will end up. There are alot of confusing options for a first time Hamilton explorer. I parked at the camp ground parking to the left of Beacon Rock off Hwy 14 as my GPS instructed to begin my hike and ended up in the Equestrian trailhead parking 3 miles away when I finished! A good Samaritan drove me to my car so I didn't have to summit all over again and hike back down the trail came in from. Lesson learned. I'll do an out and back next time!!!

this hike was borderline hard at times but was amazing!! i suggest to do the loop to capture all the amazing views. i clocked it at 8.5 miles. was well worth it, i would start earlier in the day because it get pretty hot in the sun. enjoy!

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