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Beacon Rock

State Route 14 in Beacon Rock State Park, North Bonneville, WA
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Type: Geologic Formations, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Camping
Owner description: A mile-long walking trail takes you to the peak of this 800-foot geological structure formed from...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Camping
Owner description: 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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Portland, Maine
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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372 attraction reviews
364 helpful votes 364 helpful votes
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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The 1 mile hike to the top is a very cool hike, and not that difficult. Expected it to be steeper and more difficult, but at a nice slow and steady pace, you can make it up in about 40 minutes. (20 minutes to get down) Good family hike / dogs must be leashed! Enjoy the spectacular views while you... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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181 reviews 181 reviews
102 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Beacon Rock trail has a great hike to the top. The trail makers worked hard to make this trail and it worth a special trip. The views from the top are great. the only draw back is the ten dollar entry fee (i'm spoiled by all the fee free attractions across the river in Oregon) i had a great time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

This is an easily accessible hike in the Columbia Gorge. It's pretty much straight up the rock to the top so not very pet friendly. There are spectacular views up and down the gorge from the top and along the way to the top. This hike took my family about an hour to do (up and down).

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Montevideo, Minnesota
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My dad told us about this place because he remembered hiking it as a child with his grandfather and wanted to do the same with his grandson. It is a 1 mile hike to the top with some sharp turns on the path, but well worth the effort to get to the top. The views from the top are beyond... More 

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Annapolis
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32 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

One day of our trip we went through the Columbia River Gorge to the The Dalles. Beacon Rock was a great short hike to have during that day. There are bathrooms at the parking area. You need to purchase a 1 Day Discovery Pass for $10 but there is a parking machine there so you can use your credit card.... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Beacon Rock is an outcropping on the Columbia River, just east of Portland/Vancouver. It's a great hike - a couple miles or less total, the first thru forest, then up the rock - on a paved trail that switchbacks along the edge. Guardrails go the entire way, just in case you get vertigo w/ heights. Magnificent views of the river,... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

This is a great hike easily within an hour drive from Portland and only a few minutes from the Bonneville Dam and Bonneville Spa and Resort. A lot of the hike is on wooden plank ways with railing. Maybe not so great for little kids or those who have issues with heights. Wonderful views of the gorge to the east... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Scenic and well maintained. It was invigorating but not to strenuous, a great day trip! I would definitely recommend and try the Charburger in Cascade Locks for a late lunch after.

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