Explore the most popular river trails near Stevenson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love Beacon Rock, it’s in our “backyard” and we grew up hiking it many times. We took our kids for the first time last week. It’s straight up via switch backs all the way up, but there are many viewing points where you could stop for a rest. (Our five year old complained quite a bit and wanted frequent rests). The top viewing area is very small, not many people will fit together up there. But it’s worth the hike for the view! And the downhill is fairly easy. Love that there are restrooms at the trailhead. You will need a Discover Pass to park here.

This trail is on the hard side of moderate. The falls and the views along the way were beautiful. The view from the top of Hamilton was, honestly, pretty disappointing though. The views along the way were so much more rewarding.

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7 days ago

#1 favorite hike to show friends and get them excited about hiking.

Great hike! Had a lot of fun and views were awesome!

Fun and challenging hike. Beautiful waterfall, mostly shaded trail with excellent views. At the top you’ll get a good view of Mt. Adams. On a warm day make sure you have water. Trail is dog (on-leash) friendly but difficult at times if your dog pulls on leash due to the rocky parts and lose rock. Lots of flies/bugs on the trail as you get closer to the top. Restrooms at the trailhead. It was busy but plenty of parking at the trailhead and the parking lot just past the trailhead on the left. Got to the trail at about 8:30-9am. Finished the hike around 1-1:30 with having lunch at the top.

great views, flowers, butterflies and sunshine. Not many trees there now hat and sunscreen is a must.

hiking
10 days ago

This is one of the shortest hikes I've done that still gives you high-up Gorge views. If you exercise regularly, it's an easy climb. The trail did get fairly crowded with families around 11 am (I went on a Friday), so go early or during the week if you don't want to be passing someone on every switchback.

Real steep near the end, but push through it and it’s all worth it. Two separate “peaks” on the mountain. Gorgeous view of the gorge

Great hike, really cool history, and beautiful views.

Busy on the wrong day, dead on the right.

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14 days ago

The mosquitoes and the biting flies were the bane of my existence on this hike up to Blue Lake. It was incredibly beautiful but even covered in DEET I was swatting flies and mosquitoes for three hours straight. I could hardly enjoy myself.

Loved this one!! I stopped at the top of Hamilton Mountain and came back down, didn’t continue on to the full loop. I will next time because this hike is one of my new favorites! About 4 miles up and down. Would have been about the 7.5 with the full loop.

Starts off steep, levels off a bit, then steep again with switchbacks, then lots of rock/gravel. My little 20-lb dog made it just fine!

Waterfall/pool was cool to explore.

Scramble a bit down some side trails if you so choose for some beautiful views. Then keep continuing up the narrow gravel trail for some gorgeous views of the gorge at the top!!

Got there around 6 am and was the only person in the lot so I did get to enjoy the hike without seeing anyone else which was cool. However! This hike is pretty intense but for what feels like no payoff. For almost all of the hike you’re in a basic forest setting and that’s all you see. You’re teased with one view of the gorge before you head back into the forest and do about 1.5 more miles before the view opens up again. In my opinion there are hikes very close to here with MUCH better views that are less crowded, still a workout, and more rewarding.

Direction warning...tried to do this today, but NF 23 is closed 28 miles from 8031. No mention of this is recent reports.

hiking
20 days ago

Good hike. not a lot of switch backs, so elevation gain was a little steep for the last 1.5 miles, and we slide a little going up some slopes. Trail ends at a saddle with not a lot of shade but good views. Best part was a nice swim in the river at the end of the hike :) We went on a very hot day. There was lots of shade in the forest, and not too many bugs. Also saw a very large buck!

Arguably the best views of the gorge are from this trail. Located on the WA side of the gorge it's grown in popularity since I first hiked it. Yes, I'm terrified of heights. Yes, I went suuuuper slow but once I got going the hike became easier and more enjoyable. On a cloudless day the view is out of this world. I found the history of the rock very fascinating and it blew my mind that I was climbing the exposed inner core of a prehistoric volcano. Read the signs when you go if you have little ones. It adds an extra dash of fun.

Did this with little ones. It was a tough one, but so worth it in the end!! Slow and steady

Excellent hike! The trail was very well maintained and I had no issues with bugs at all. The creek was cold but felt so good on my feet after a long day.

The only negative I have to say is, there were SOOO many people camping. Wow.

Very nice hike. Best start early or parking will be a problem. Parking cost money too and will require the discovery pass. I did the entire loop and once you hit the peak and finish the cardio portion, it gets to be a very relaxing hike.

hiking
23 days ago

Direction warning...tried to do this today, but NF 23 is closed 28 miles from 8031. No mention of this is recent reports.

For great views of Beacon Rock, try the LITTLE Beacon Rock trail across the road; be sure to scramble to the top of the peak on your right at the end of the easy trail

Caveat: it was 93 degrees and very dry when we did this hike. However we really enjoyed it; be sure to explore around Pool of the Winds: a unique falls and worth the hike even if that’s your turn-around point

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25 days ago

This was my first time going and it was amazing! Beautiful views and all of the other hikers were friendly and said “Hi” when going past. At the top were a few squirrels who came up to me while I was munching on snacks! They were a little hungry.

Chose the “more difficult” route, aka the long loop. This route had almost zero switchbacks and was a constant steep incline in a beautiful wooded area. Definitely a quad burner. It was 95 degrees today, so the tree coverage was greatly appreciated. I’d love to see this hike in spring, when the wildflowers are freshly bloomed.

This was my 8 year olds favorite hike this summer. Very cool to see how it was made and go over all the Bridges and switchbacks. My 3 year old walked to the top on her own, so it's not a overly difficult, just all uphill.

Simply OUTSTANDING trail. Great views in AWESOME weather. Fantastic trail for a single-day trek.

Awesome hike! The viewpoint at the top should be erased from the map unless it counts to look at a bunch of weeds as tall as Paul Bunyan surrounding in every direction. Dough matter though because there are a kazillion amazing views on the way up (or down depending on which way you loop). Make sure to go out the side trails (but be careful) to see all the crazy views. The falls were cool too. I also did the side trip to Little Beacon Rock which I found worth the extra effort even though I was completely exhausted. Did Cape Horn before that for a total of 17 miles, it was 96 degrees, and I hadn't slept a blink the night before. By grace alone I made it through the day so I could wish my friend a happy birthday in the evening at his party (like a zombie).

Too many people but still a decent hike. Gorgeous weather! Ultra clear and cold stream water but also refreshing.

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1 month ago

Super easy quick trail. Lived in the pnw all my life and have been on many hikes but just never managed to come here. Finally did it and it was a piece of cake.
I would understand if someone afraid of heights had a hard time but it’s very much worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

I have hiked this trail many times over the years and it never gets old. The grade is gradual so the nine mile hike to Chinook Falls and back wasn't difficult. The parking lot was almost full but the trail didn't feel crowded. Love all the beautiful waterfalls. The road has gotten much worse. I made it in my Ford Focus with no problems, but you really have to watch where you are going.

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