Beacon Rock Trail

MODERATE 243 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.

hiking
11 days ago

I called this morning and the trail is open again.

16 days ago

Great views! Trail is reopen for hiking. Rock isn't open for climbing though.

24 days ago

***CLOSED*** This trail is currently closed due to damage caused by a fallen rock.

hiking
1 month ago

Slightly taxing on leisure explorers yet had spectacular views once the overlook was reached. Narrow switchbacks with wide shoulders for photo opportunities or resting provided. Great for canine companions as well as children!
Note: Part of the guard rail damaged with other areas feeling loose.

hiking
1 month ago

My go to when I don’t have much time. Always breathtaking going up the switchbacks

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, great views, saw people making the hike from older (70s) to young children. Great family hike. Awesome views.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on December 30th which was perfect. There was not large crowds and you had time to relax at the top. Definitely would check it out.

hiking
1 month ago

Wouldn’t really consider this a hike, but more of a climb up the side of a monolith using stairs and a rough path. We did this climb during the eagle creek fire when the rest of the gorge wasn’t accessible. Even with the smoke the views are incredible. Worth the detour and climb up for sure.

2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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!

3 months 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!

4 months ago

A fun, quick hike

4 months ago

Good hike. Very easy.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike and nice views.

5 months ago

Great aerobic exercise

5 months ago

views are incredible and it's a fairly easy, shorter hike

5 months ago

For some reason I like to go on this hike when I need to think, the scenery and views are amazing. Especially on a nice day.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice, short but decently creepy hike at times. The closer you get to the top, actually the more grounded and better the trail feels. Lower down there are some "eerie" areas. I liked it. Had fun. Gorgeous!

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