Beacon Rock Trail

MODERATE 187 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
580 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.

hiking
1 hour ago

Nice short trip great views

2 days ago

Great view!!!

3 days ago

Had a lot of fun on this hike. Was a lot of uphill, but wasn't too long. I'm not in the best shape, so it was actually a good balance. View from the top wasn't amazing, but the views on the way up were stellar. Great time!

10 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

We only hiked here because we messed up our Table Mountain hike. Beacon is great if you've never hiked it before, but we have done this so many times before. The views are great and it is a great, short hike for kids as well.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Fairly easy trail. Takes about 30 minutes to get to the summit. Fantastic views of the Gorge on the way up!

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23 days ago

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26 days ago

This is a beautiful hike..

1 month ago

Gotta go

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hiking
1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Took the wiener dog. She did great!

1 month ago