Beacon Rock Trail [CLOSED]

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Beacon Rock State Park

Beacon Rock Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bonneville, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 577 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

fee

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. $10 day pass needed

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rocky
3 hours ago

Closed as of 5/27/2020. Discovery Pass Required.

hiking
2 days ago

(When open) I wasn’t impressed, better views on other trails down the road. Too many people at the top, we had to wait our “turn” to see anything

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closed
18 days ago

Closed currently, but when it’s open again. A very easy must do hike in the gorge

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closed
18 days ago

Closed. Website says open but the gate up the trail is locked

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1 month ago

This trail is actually closed. Unlike some other trails that say closed but are actually open, there are blocks in front of each trail head and the entire parking lot.

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fee
2 months ago

The trail was in great condition and was such a fun short hike. I would definitely check out another local hike if in the area!

hiking
2 months ago

this is a really nice workout if you don't stop..... the views at the top amazing!

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2 months ago

Gorgeous view going up!! Loved it! Was a quick hike

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rocky
2 months ago

I did this hike couple years ago. I loved the view.

hiking
2 months ago

Very busy, but a good workout.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Easy to hike up to the top. The top was small and the view on the way up was honestly better than the peak. But it was great.

Can't argue with a quick run up to the top of Beacon Rock. Only 1 car when I arrived at 9am. A whole bunch more by the time I got down. If you're out here, I would at least add something else like Pool of the Winds, or Wind Mountain a little further east. I did Hamilton Mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike with great views! Easy for children to do. It was beautiful! A must do if you have never done this trail.

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2 months ago

Did this back on 2/17. Short and sweet. Beautiful views during sunset. This is a great one to tie in with another hike in the area.

2 months ago

amazing hike! so worth the drive

3 months ago

such a nice and quick hike.

Great views, relatively easy ascent

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Very dry currently. Would recommend

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fee
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful views, especially in the fall. switchbacks almost the whole way

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

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fee
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! loved it

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muddy
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Easy hike up with great views of the Columbia river gorge

3 months ago

Super easy and unique hike with stunning views the entire time. Can be done in an hour and with standard running shoes. Very wet when we went

recorded Beacon Rock & Ridell Lake

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4 months ago

Quick hike with a great view of the Columbia River Gorge. Added in the hike down to Ridell Lake afterwards (nothing special down there).

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