Beacon Rock State Park, North Bonneville

#81 of 244 in Nature in Washington State
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Beacon Rock State Park is a geologic preserve and public recreation area on Route 14 in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Skamania County, Washington, United States. The park takes its name from Beacon Rock, an 848-foot (258 m) basalt volcanic plug on the north shore of the Columbia River 32 miles (51 km) east of Vancouver. On October 31, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived here and first measured tides on the river, indicating that they were nearing the ocean.
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  • My 12 yr. old daughter and I hiked Beacon Rock on August 17, 2021. You can pay the day fee of $10 at an auto pay kiosk at the trail head. There are also bathrooms to use and I recommend using them...  more »
  • We made it to the top of the mile long, 850' climb in less then 30 minutes. 95% of the trail is paved, and there are plenty of places to stop and rest, though few benches. The best views are not at...  more »
  • Great views. Would say the hike is easy to moderate. Recommend bringing 1 bottle of water up and 1 down if a hot day. As far as parking, you must have a "discover pass" to park near the beacon trailhead. The pass is $10/ car. We didn't come with exact cash, so we attempted to go to the headquarters a bit down the road. The headquarters was closed. We then found out that there are automated park machines that take credit card. You can find one at the beacon lot right before the trail head, or one at a nearby camping area. They just look like skinny black boxes with a blue "p" on them. The trail is one way up, then the same way back down. There is a restroom right at the parking lot.
  • This is one of the quintessential Portland hikes. If you are from there or any of the surrounding cities, you have probably gone here for a school trip or quick hike. It is a pretty hike, but since the fire a couple of years ago, the southeast side is sad to see. If you haven't done this hike and are from Portland, you kind of have to do it. If you are visiting Portland, there are a lot of prettier hikes to go on.

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