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Address: State Route 14 in Beacon Rock State Park, North Bonneville, WA
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Activities: Hiking, Camping
Description: A mile-long walking trail takes you to the peak of this 800-foot...
A mile-long walking trail takes you to the peak of this 800-foot geological structure formed from an ancient volcano, and rewards you with a spectacular view of the Columbia River Gorge.
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Great park with a great hike!

First, I want you to know that you will need a Discovery Pass ($10 available at the ranger station across the street from the park, or any Bi-Mart store, or online if you are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

First, I want you to know that you will need a Discovery Pass ($10 available at the ranger station across the street from the park, or any Bi-Mart store, or online if you are willing to plan ahead). The rangers do check for this pass so don't make the mistake of thinking you can get by without it! Okay, now... More 

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Tumwater, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

You can hike to the top and get a great view of the gorge. The trail is steep and narrow but not too hard. It's a good escape or break when traveling this stretch of road.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Prepare yourself for heights and a exciting hike. This place is such a scenic adventure but if you are afraid of heights you may want to reconsider. Along the way up you will find such great scenery and want to take photos, so don't forget a camera device but also don't drop it. Once you start, you will want to... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The trail to the top of the rock is slippery when wet - most of the time. The view from the top is amazing though. The restrooms are a bit too rustic perhaps. The pull off to the parking area can be difficult to get in and out of since it it on a corner and traffic on the highway... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The climb is very easy. Achievable for even the most unfit. Not at all steep - I was looking forward to a bit more of a challenge but was not disappointed with the views. I expected it to be a lot bigger than it was but was glad it wasn't as it made it achievable for everyone. I also expected... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We went here on a weekend. It was easy to find and family friendly. The climb is moderate and made safe with all the railing. Take the time to stop along the way up to see all of the amazing views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Beacon Rock is a unique experience to climb a monolith rock if you are afraid of heights I would recommend you don't take this trail but if you love Heights there's a number of ramps and bridges to get to the top and the view from the top is awesome

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Great hike up a rock to view the beautiful Columbia Gorge. This is close to Portland and a close place to get away off Hwy 14 in Washington, 35 miles from Vancouver. It is 1.8 miles round trip with switchbacks and rails on the side of a tall rock right along the Columbia River. If heights make you nervous, this... More 

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is approximately a mile of climbing for about 800 feet of elevation gain. You will climb stairs most of the way. The stairs are an engineering feat accomplished years ago into the side of this rock. The views from the top are great on a clear day. Check out the history of this State Park while you are there,... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This olivine basalt monolith (formation consisting of a single piece of rock) is the plug of an ancient volcano, and is one of the largest free-standing monoliths in the world. It looks from a distance very much like a monstrous snub-nosed bullet sticking out of the ground on the north bank of the Columbia River. If you are on a... More 

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