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Beacon Rock

Stevenson, Washington

based on 7 reviews



1.49 miles

Elevation Gain

351 ft

Route Type



Added by Brian Heifferon

Beacon Rock is a unique 1.5-mile out-and-back trail with great views—Summit one of the tallest monoliths in North America while climbing nearly 700 feet up scaffolding-like switchbacks.

Beacon Rock is one of the most recognizable landmarks along the Columbia River Gorge. It’s an 848-foot basalt monolith (a singular piece of rock) that was once the core of an ancient volcano. To access the rock, park in a developed parking area at the rock’s base that has room for about 30 cars. You’ll take a short stroll through a forested trail before you hit the rock.

Once you reach the rock, the trail abruptly heads more or less straight up along a series of 52 or so zig-zagging switchbacks. Considering you have 848 feet to climb in less than a mile, the grade is surprisingly mellow. While the sight of this crazy trail winding up the side of the rock is itself a sight to behold, the panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge are the real reward.

The views from the summit can be a bit obscured by trees, but well worth the effort. This is a mostly exposed hike and can get hot during the summer months, but for every other occasion, it’s best to pack a jacket (it’s typically pretty windy).

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Beacon Rock Reviews


Beacon may not be a huge hike but it's a fun little hike that winds right on up the mountain side with great views out along the entire way. However, the trail "broke" this year and remains closed as for Spring, 2016.

Easy, great day hike for families, and awesome views of the Gorge.

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