Beacon Rock
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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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dbinhou7511
Houston, TX1,646 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
It is not an easy climb to the top of Beacon Rock. There are 62 switchbacks (or so, lost count early on). But you will be satisfied with the view and the accomplishment of making it.
Written April 29, 2023
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Paul N
Forbes, Australia66 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Visited Beacon Rock with Oregon locals who had recommended the hike. It took us about 30 mins to make the climb, but it was well worth the effort. Some great views of Columbia Gorge and its waterfalls. The walk is uneven and steep and can be wet in winter. Combine this with a drive through the waterfalls on the Oregon side and it makes for a great day out.
Written January 3, 2020
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Celeste T
Oroville, WA38 contributions
Dec 2019
My wife and I love taking short hikes (usually under 4 hours). We've hiked in National Parks, Germany, Austria, Romania and of course, many places in Washington & Oregon (our homeland). Asking which hike is best is like asking which child you like the best. So instead of saying this is our favorite short hike, I will say this is in the top 10 of our hikes, and in hikes under an hour long, this might be in the top three.

We have probably been up it a dozen times over the years, during different seasons, And even in low cloud conditions where you can't see 10 feet in front of you, this hike continues to "entertain" us with it's switch backs and bridges.
Written December 30, 2019
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Charles1019
North Fort Myers, FL4,910 contributions
Oct 2019
Wonderful climb. Lot's of switchbacks and beautiful views of the area and gorge when you get on top and along the way. We forgot water so remember that when you climb. Of course when you're climbing it seems like it never ends but is well worth the effort. I would strongly suggest doing this climb when in the area.
Written October 26, 2019
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IrishRover
Pittsburgh, PA2,987 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
It took us 28 min up with a few photo breaks and 22 min down. Plenty of switch backs but the trail is well maintained. Be ready to climb around 60 stories according to my app
Written October 9, 2019
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Waving Tree Farm
Washougal, WA29 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
My son and I tried this trail. It's a beautiful area and if you reach the top there's quite a lookout.

We did not reach the top this time around. It was wet and for children on the younger side I felt like it was a bit risky. Rocks are slippery when wet and we decided to not finish the hike due to that.

I would recommend visiting in dry weather and preferably on a warm day. The weather is cooler in the gorge and the wind is stronger the higher you climb. It's totally worth it though!
Written September 8, 2019
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midnightdream88
New Hampshire53 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Did this hike with our 6 kids, ages 10 and under ( as well as other family members) very do-able for little kids. Did use a baby carrier for the 2 year old. Took us about 30- 35 minutes at a 4 year olds pace. Beautiful views at the top! You need a Discover pass to park (can be purchased right there at the bottom of the trail)
Written August 31, 2019
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Michie1291
Greenfield, MA5,506 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Nice hike that is fairly easy, but will definitely get your heart pumping from the exercise and the view. If you are fearful of heights, you might want to skip this one. Although the hike is only about a mile in length, it’s an 848 foot zigzag up the face of Beacon Rock with the goal of reaching the top for a bird’s eye view.

The trail has hand railings for those who like to hold on to something. The hiking surface varies through the climb between ground and occasional wooden planks. The views along the way are spectacular and worth challenging yourself. I have some apprehension with heights, but I made the climb and thought it was worth it. The top area is a little small and can only accommodate a small group of people. The view is nice, but I think the views on the way up and down are even more impressive. If you plan to take small children, I would definitely hold their hands and have them walk on the inside with an adult on the outside.
Written July 21, 2019
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Allen R
Depoe Bay, OR103 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
It's been decades since I last made the trip up Beacon Rock. With a few extra years added (as well as more than a few pounds) i wasn't sure I could tackle the trip to the top, but, with a grand-nephew along, I had to try. The Columbia Gorge is a scene wonder and the top of Beacon Rock is one of the best views around. Plus, it isn't as full as most viewing spots, maybe because it's about a mile walk, all uphill.
But the path is well maintained and, when you see youngsters coming down, it can't be all that hard. I will admit that it was a test of me putting one foot in front of the other and there were times I really wished I brought that bottle of water, but we made it and loved the view. Even had some very friendly squirrels at the top that came right up to us, touching our legs, like they were asking for treats.
And the trip down is soooo enjoyable. You feel light and carefree and encourage people along the way. When it was all over I said, "If I did this climb a couple times a week, I would be in great shape." Hmm. Have to think about that, maybe over a cold beer at the Beacon Rock Cafe.
Written July 21, 2019
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Devon B
Lansing, MI213 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Beautiful views straight up with rails and resting places . Cool breezes in the shade . My fit bit said it was 32 floors . I like well developed hiking trails and I like people on the trail with me so It was perfect!
Written July 9, 2019
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