Beacon Rock Trail

MODERATE 227 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.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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3 days ago

I loved this little hike! The rewards were insane for the effort. It's all switch backs but the incline is actually pretty easy. The views were stunning. I went Dec 1 and it was a little cloudy with overcast but made for some stunning, moody pictures.

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10 days ago

A beautiful hime on a beautiful day—46 degrees and somewhat overcast and no rain.

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20 days ago

Great switchback hike with forest mountain and river views what else would you want in a hike?

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1 month ago

This hike I would rate as easy. But that’s also coming from someone who would rate Munra Point as only moderate. It’s short and provides an excellent view of the gorge.
I was finally able to see the damage of the Eagle Creek Fire on the Oregon side.
The winds at the top will blow you away along with the view!

1 month ago

Short and sweet with decent views of the Gorge and surrounding forests. I went with my kids and dog; never felt unsafe although at the top there is a rather large section of guard rail missing near the mounds of rocks. Just keep a close eye on little ones and dogs at the top!

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