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Beacon Rock State Park, North Bonneville
(4.6/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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  • If you don't have much time to spend at the park, we found hiking the Hamilton Mountain trail up 1.25 miles to Rodney Falls, Hardy Falls, and Pool of the Winds (all quite close together) to be worth t...  more »
  • This is an absolutely favorite short hike in the Columbia Gorge. The trail is a set of constructed switchbacks up the very steep side of Beacon Rock. Perfectly safe if you stay on the trail. The view ...  more »
  • Upon arrival, I discovered I couldn't buy a Discovery Annual Pass at the Beacon Rock Trailhead, I had to go elsewhere. I didn't really understand where elsewhere though, so I went to the campground ex...  more »
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  • Be honest: if you are looking at this campground, it's because there aren't many other alternatives in the area. Pros: - good location - most of the spaces give you a decent amount of privacy - no mosquitoes Cons: - Fee for camping is $30, payable only by cash or check ("I'll just write a check!", says no one ever in the year 2016) - half of the campsite is intersected by massive electrical transmission lines that have so much power charging through them you can hear them buzz. Try not to think about THAT while sleep under them - A majority of the camping spots are on inclines, meaning you'll be hard pressed to find a level spot to pitch a tent - If you enjoy hearing trains all night, then you'll love it!
  • Hike is easier than it looks or sounds. The trail was built perfectly, with only the slightest of incline the entire way. Until the last 40 feet, then it's like stairs, so still quite doable.
  • Quick hike - it's about a little of a mile up to the top (800~ ft in elevation). I went during the week before lunch and it wasn't so bad. It was nothing but switch backs, but provided plenty of spaces to take a break and enjoy the view. I can't imagine how it'd be with more people though. Pathways can be a little tight at times, and the park closes at dusk. Side note - to park, you either need a pass or pay a $10 ticket. You can go use cash at the bulletin board near the trail entrance, or use card at the machine near the lot.
  • Great place for hikes with amazing views of the Columbia River. There are trails up Beacon Rock or Mt Hamilton, both provide great views. You can do a shorter hike to the waterfall or just drive down to the boat launch to get a view of Beacon Rock itself.
  • Nice little hike, but it is always super busy here. There is now a trail from the state park (boat launch area) that goes to the Beacon Rock trailhead, which is much easier to park at. Plus it adds 3/4 of a mile and some extra scenery... Only reason for 3 stars is because of how consistently crowded it is.