Beacon Rock Trail

MODERATE 158 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.

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Really easy trail for the family

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hiking
1 month ago

Short hike- don't be afraid of heights

1 month ago

Very fun short trail. The views are breathtaking as well as the high winds on top. There isn't much room on top to enjoy it from your own space if there's a crowd but if you get it to yourself you won't want to leave.

Moderately easy hike with a nice wide trail. Quite a few people doing the hike, but never seemed crowded except for the very top. Beautiful view at the top, but not a huge area for sitting / relaxing. Amazing trail that was created / built on the side of the rock!

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Great little hike with some nice views

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walking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail with about 700 foot elevation gain. Beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge.

hiking
1 month ago

Currently closed due to damage from winter storms

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite on Hwy 14. First time I did this hikeI was probably about 8 yrs. so this hike is for the whole family. It just really trafficked quick trail.