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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
Jackie W
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Brisbane, Australia
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Vancouver, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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374 attraction reviews
418 helpful votes 418 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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184 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
107 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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