Hike 27
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Beacon Rock Hike
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Length: 1.6 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 750' gain
Season: Year Round Trail currently closed! See Hiking News.
Difficulty:    Moderate due to steep climb
Permit: Washington requires a Discover Pass day-use fee

A fun and interesting hike for the whole family. The parking area is located along Washington Hwy 14, so the access couldn't be easier. HOWEVER, at this moment, the state of Washington has decided to charge you a day-fee for parking and enjoying this area.

The trail is "fastened" literally to the side of this unusual rock sitting on the banks of the Columbia River. The views from the top are excellent. Caution is common sense on the narrow trail.

Beacon Rock trail
Beacon Rock trail

How to get there:

Beacon Rock State Park: Cross Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks ($1 toll). Turn left/west onto WA Hwy 14. Drive 6.5 miles west to the trailhead on the left side of the road. You'll see Beacon Rock getting bigger as you approach. It's hard to miss. Discover Pass required here.

Alternatively, drive east on Highway 14. The trailhead is just west of milepost 35.

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