Beacon Rock State Park Trail

Skamania, Washington 98648

Beacon Rock State Park Trail

Beacon Rock State Park Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The most famous rock in the Columbia Gorge makes a short and exciting hike for children, safe enough if they understand the hazards of stepping off the railed pathways. In 1915, Henry Biddle, Beacon Rock’s original owner, began building the trail, some of which still bears the marks of his blasting.

The rock was not set aside as a Washington State Park until Biddle, who had offered it to Washington and been refused, offered it to Oregon, which was eager to get it. At that point, Washington also became eager and accepted it. The views extend east to Bonneville Dam, west to Crown Point, and down to freight trains, boats, barges, and cars."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Year round
250 feet
Trailhead Elevation
850 feet
Top Elevation
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 428 Bridal Veil, Oregon; USFS Gifford Pinchot
Local Maps

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Jul 2018