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Address: State Route 14 in Beacon Rock State Park, North Bonneville, WA

A mile-long walking trail takes you to the peak of this 800-foot geological...

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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Challenging, but doable

Beacon Rock is the core of an extinct volcano. There are dozens of switchbacks, but take your time and it's completely manageable. If you're afraid of heights, don't do this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Omaha, Nebraska

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beacon Rock is the core of an extinct volcano. There are dozens of switchbacks, but take your time and it's completely manageable. If you're afraid of heights, don't do this hike. Wear good shoes--hiking or trail shoes are best. Do NOT wear flip flops. If you have young children who like to run, do not do this hike. The path... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Note: Before you go, you have to purchase a Washington State Park's "Discover Pass" ($10/vehicle) - if the Beacon Rock State Park office (just across the street from this trail), you can purchase one there. We felt this was a must-see at the start of our Columbia River Gorge trip and we're glad we made the time for this workout.... More 

Thank Nicole L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Though there are a lot of switchbacks, the climb was manageable for weak knees because the path was paved and had railings. It was rocky on some parts, and the last section has a flight of big rock steps. It took us 2.5 hours because we have weak knees. It's by the highway and definitely worth a visit!

Thank Helen C
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Talk about stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge, I would hike this trail anytime. My buddy and I did this hike during on a Tuesday and there wasn't much foot traffic up and down the trek. The hike was semi-paved and really easy to hike up and down Beacon Rock and would recommend anyone of any age to adventure... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

Very Beautiful. It was a nice hike. Good views of the river. Took a lot of pictures. Not to steep. Would like to go again.

Thank amazing_ava
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

Getting to the top of Beacon Rock is not that difficult. And there is so much to look as you climb around the rock. The view at the top is amazing, and it was not crowded at all when we visited (before dusk). Highly recommended!

Thank Minkyoung R
Gresham, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

The reason I say this is because Beacon Rock is the 2nd largest Monolithic or single block of stone in the World. Rising 848 feet above the Columbia River. We try and walk to the top, (and take our grand kids with us) every year. The walk is an easy and you should take your phone and take pictures on... More 

Thank SuzanneLG
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

A challenging hike all the way zig zagging to the top, but oh so worth it for the amazing view. This would be enjoyed by someone who didn't or couldn't get to the top with a handrail all the way. Many beautiful views on the way for pictures.

Thank Joy H
Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Sweet little hike on a super well maintained and safeguarded trail built with pick axes from 1915-1918. You have the feeling you're scaling the side of a cliff but the trail is so easy even our dog enjoyed the trip up. At the top -and really all along the way - you are rewarded with spectacular views.

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

This is a fun little walk where you get to climb the core of an old volcano. It is pretty straightforward in that it's about 0.9mi up then back the way you came via a series of switchbacks that are either carved into the rock or walkways. There are handrails all the way so it's quite safe and easy. You... More 

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