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Beacon Rock Trail

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Beacon Rock Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily 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 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

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

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful in the fall with all the colors. Easy to climb. My four year old did it in her Mary Janes.

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rocky
6 days ago

A nice hike up with excellent views. The trail and railings are very well-maintained.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful views. Excellent trail conditions. Significant elevation gain, but didn’t feel like it. My wife and I loved the hike!

hiking
18 days ago

Nice view

hiking
21 days ago

Need the discover pass or it’s $10.00 for a day pass.

hiking
26 days ago

Did this with my dog . need sun screen for some of the hike . when we went (saterday)it was crowded but well worth it. beautiful view .

hiking
26 days ago

Very few folks except guided group of seniors around 11

hiking
1 month ago

short easy hike

hiking
fee
1 month ago

awesome short climb to some amazing views

hiking
1 month ago

After reading the reviews , I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s actually close to a mile up to the top of Beacon Rock, climbing all the way. The trail is plenty wide enough with numerous observation points along the way. If heights are a problem, this may not be the trail for you. The switch backs are right on top of each other for most of the trail, hence the need for the railing. The views along the way and at the top make this short trail well worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing amazing amazing. Heavily trafficked but paid off. Gorgeous view at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Great quick hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I finally stopped and took a walk to the top after 20 years of driving past it. It's a quick jaunt to the top with interesting "trail" construction and people watching.

hiking
2 months ago

I loved that it was not stairs. It was inclines and switchbacks. Awesome views!

hiking
2 months ago

Only 25 minutes to hike to the top, pretty much nothing but switchbacks the whole way. $10 to park! Or the other option is if you happen to have a discover pass...it was a short hike and I didn’t think it was worth $10 so I went down the road a bit and parked on a side street where I received a parking ticket, don’t try and beat the system they are on top of things.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved it! Short hike great views!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy for beautiful trip with kids or dog.

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy switchbacks with a pretty view at every angle!

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hiking
2 months ago

Excellent trail!! Beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

Had such a great time, made it to the top in about 20 Minutes at a fast past. the incline was a bit of a factor but not bad at all. the view is great and is pretty shaded. At 10am there was quite a bit of people. Definitely will be doing this again

hiking
2 months ago

Great little incline hike! I think really suitable for all!

hiking
3 months ago

Took 4, 5, and 7 year old on this trail. Carried the 1 year old in the backpack. All kids did great. Up and down took us just under 2 hours.

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rocky
3 months ago

we took several kids to the top. the youngest was 4. took 45 min to the top. a nice breeze cooled us off at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Short, inclined hike to the top with plenty of handrails along each switchback, definitely suitable for all ages. The views are wonderful but space is limited so arrive early if you can. You will need a discover pass or to pay the daily parking fee for this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

short, steep, rewarding. great for fitting in a good workout in short distance / amount of time. views are very impressive. downside: dense crowds on narrow paths

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Amazing views and not a hard hike at all :)

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! It is a steep hike with many, many small switchbacks but it was so much fun! My kids, ages, 9, 8, 5, & 3 completed it on their own. I can bee a little intimidating with the steep nature of the trail. The views at the top were worth making my 3 year old stay close, even when she wanted to go faster with her siblings. There were other people on the trail, but not too crowded.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely breath taking views. Pace yourself, make sure not to get vertigo

hiking
3 months ago

Most unique and memorable hike I've been on. Really cool hike. Take your time and it's a fun one!

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