Beacon Rock Trail

MODERATE 176 reviews
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Beacon Rock Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.6 miles
580 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


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 you 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.

This is a beautiful hike..

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Gotta go

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Great short hike! Phenomenal views all the way up to the top! The Columbia River Gorge view is simply beautiful.

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Took the wiener dog. She did great!

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another family favorite!

27 days ago

It's been ten years, but never disappoints! Time pressed so I did this short hike! I missed the trails!!! ⛰⛰⛰⛰

28 days ago

Great view and quick hike.

29 days ago

Great quick hike

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