Beacon Rock

Stevenson, Washington 98648

Beacon Rock

Beacon Rock Professional Review and Guide

"A short, steep day hike to the top of Beacon Rock. The heavily traveled trail to the top of Beacon Rock is paved in some places, boardwalked in others, and surrounded by a safety guardrail most of the way up. The view is spectacular, and the location deeply historical."

Beacon Rock Reviews

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This is certainly one of the "must do" hikes in the Gorge. As I rounded the west side of the rock to look up at the 47 guard-railed switchbacks I began to laugh at the audaciousness of the entire enterprise. I imagine that such a trail would not be constructed today due to its impact on the terrain but the short and relatively steep hike is truly a fun experience. The hike offers dizzying views up and down river from both sides of the rock and summit. Be advised that if you're somewhat fearful of heights, the trail's perches might lead to a little anxiousness as you peer down the edge of the monolith. I understand that on the weekends, the "trail" (more like a paved walkway) can be very busy. When visited during the week, you're likely to the whole place to yourself as I experienced when hiking mid-week. The day was misty, a little overcast and some sections were a bit slippery, so wear good shoes. The views, even on an overcast day, are worth the hour or so you spend here. Be sure to bring a camera because you'll regret not capturing some of those views. Highly Recommended.
A nice little hike, little over an hour both ways. Steep for couch potatoes, but short. Great place to take out-of-town relatives for a neat view, or a nice stretch-the-legs if you''re driving by. Watch out for poison oak, there is lots of it, some even creeping right onto the trail. Had trouble keeping the dog out of it. Fun history. Busy on the weekends, but not overcrowded.
This trail is easy with a great climax. If you live in the area your missing out if you dont hike this trail. Choose a clear day for your hike and our wont forget it.
This definitely not the place to go if you're seeking solitude. The short trail to the top of this huge rock is peppered with big people, little people, fat people, skinny people, four legged "people" and more. The views are indeed great. Just plan to share them.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Year-round, depending on frost line
250 feet
Trailhead Elevation
850 feet
Top Elevation
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, 1111 Israel Road SW, P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504; (360) 902-8844;
Local Contacts
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Jul 2018