Beacon Rock State Park, North Bonneville

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Beacon Rock State Park is a publicly owned recreation area and natural history site on Route 14 in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area about east of Vancouver, Washington, United States. The state park covers, which includes of Columbia River shoreline and of forested uplands.The park takes its name from Beacon Rock, an 848ft basalt volcanic plug next to the Columbia River. 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.Beacon RockBeacon Rock is a monolith on the north bank of the Columbia River. It was named by Lewis and Clark in 1805; they originally referred to it as Beaten Rock, later as Beacon Rock. They noted that the rock marked the eastern extent of the tidal influence in the Columbia. The rock was later known as Castle Rock, until 1915 when its name was changed back to Beacon Rock.Beacon Rock is 848ft tall and is composed of basalt. Henry Biddle purchased the rock in 1915 for $1 and during the next three years constructed a trail with 51 switchbacks, handrails and bridges. The three-quarter mile trail to the top, completed in April 1918, leads to views in all directions. It is a popular hiking destination.
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  • We live only 30 mins from Beacon rock state park, it is a very beautiful part of the Columbia River gorge. Hiking to the top of Beacon rock is the main feature of this park, the hike is 1.8 miles roun...  more »
  • This is the best for outdoors people to experience nature at its best. Hiking rock climbing boating golfing biking.there is north bonneville dam to see Stevenson cascade locks the sternwheeler and the...  more »
  • Yes, a mid 60's couple finished the climb successfully and joyfully on this, a most beautiful autumn day, Sept. 24. The beginning of the trail is fool's gold.... easy peasy. After that, it's a steady ...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful hike with amazing views of the Columbia!!! It's only about 1 mile up with 760' elevation gain. There are tons of beautiful wooden switch backs to climb. If you have a great of heights, this one may not be the one for you.
  • This is a beautiful place to hike. When it is windy, it is extremely windy on beacon rock, to the point where it may be too dangerous to hike. But when it isn't windy, it is a lot of fun. It's a very steep, pretty simple, and relatively short hike, but it gives a good workout and an excellent view of the mouth of the Columbia Gorge. There's also another trail nearby that leads to a neat swamp area and a small, fast river.
  • Easy to access trail and a slow, steady climb make this fairly accessible for most people. Careful with small children because there are sections of the trail without handrails or guards. From the top you get gorgeous views up and down the Columbia River Gorge.
  • Beautiful waterfalls everywhere. We went lay January, and early morning Monday. So there wasn't anybody else for about an hour. Around 10 or so, a,few people trickle in. I can see this place being very busy in warmer seasons.
  • Love the hike and view so much. I'm from Wisconsin so it's nice to see something that isn't flat. The air is very refreshing and the moist air feels good against the skin. Highly recommend!
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