Beacon Rock State Park

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“Wild hearts find a home in every place they roam.” – C. Churchill

I have to say last minute adventures always excite me and this was one of many highlights of my solo road trip. To fall in love with new places and create memories I will carry with me wherever I go. Hiking Beacon Rock’s 848-foot summit with 578′ gain was fairly easy with 53 switchbacks and only 1.8 miles round trip. The 360-degree view of the Columbia River Gorge was mesmerizing that I could just spend an entire day there appreciating the spectacular view.

This is a very busy trail and it gets really crowded. If you ever get the chance to visit this trail you’ll notice it is windy on one side and completely calm on the other side. I wish I lived close by. This would be classified as one of my favorite hikes. Short and sweet. Just the way I like it.

Start of Trail


Once you climb the switchbacks and get past the trees. You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views.



It feels like never-ending switchbacks to get to the top. I honestly didn’t get tired because the view was so distracting along the way.




The view once I reached the top of Beacon Rock.

My Tips for this trip:

1. Go early and avoid the crowds.
2. A discovery pass is required. You can purchase it on the trailhead for $10. Bring cash and a pen since you need to write on the envelope.
3. Bring water.
5. Check the temperature before visiting. It can get really cold there.
6. Wear hiking shoes or trail running shoes. The trail is fairly easy but it’s better to have shoes with good grip. Please check out the link below from Amazon for recommended trail running shoes.
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7. Bring snacks in case you get hungry.

Hiking snacks


8. Take lots of pictures and enjoy the hike.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please feel free to comment. I’d love to hear from you.

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47 Comments Add yours

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    Beautiful … doesn’t seem like a place for anyone scared of heights.

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    1. Bel says:

      It is truly beautiful. Thank you 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  2. biei11 says:

    This place looks very cool!I want to go here.Your photos are wonderful.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. I really is a great place. 😊

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  3. Many thanx for sharing your pics of this awesome hike, Bel.

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    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome! Glad you liked it 😊

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  4. Thoroughly interesting.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  5. I love the views at the end!

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    1. Bel says:

      Totally worth it 😊

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  6. The Great Northwest. There is where you find beauty.

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    1. Bel says:

      There is definitely so much to see 😊

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  7. jim- says:

    Very cool. I like!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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      1. jim- says:

        I see we are kittycorner each other in Washington. I’m in the upper NE near colville

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      2. Bel says:

        I don’t live in Washington – this was just one of many roadtrips. It’s a beautiful state for sure and I barely scratched the surface. 😊

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  8. delsenboisen says:

    Magnificent. Preserved nature.

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    1. Bel says:

      It truly is! Thank you 😊

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  9. It cracks me up that I have to rely on you to tell me about all the great places to visit in my own backyard. Thanks, Bel. You actually have inspired us to get off our duffs and explore. This one sounds great, although I will be panting after climbing those switchbacks! Love the photos. Happy Travels.

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    1. Bel says:

      I’m guilty of that too. I haven’t even been to the National and State Parks that are close to where I live 😂 It’s just there I can visit it anytime mindset probably…😊 You won’t be panting too much…trust me, I’m a lazy hiker. Let me know when you go – can’t wait for you to see it! ❤️

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      1. It’s really close (by west coast standards). Only a couple hours away. 🙂

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      2. Bel says:

        Lol! Yes…a couple of hours is close by because with traffic that’s my everyday commute in LA.

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      3. Ugh. I’ve heard that the traffic in LA is horrible (my son lives down there). Have a great weekend, Bel. 🙂

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      4. Bel says:

        Happy Weekend Diana! 😊

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  10. hiketreks says:

    Great hike! Thanks for all the information!

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    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome! 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  11. That is a prodigious number of switchbacks! I love the little tunnels on the trail and that one picture through the rock to see the mountain across the river is stunning! Framable! I love your posts!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! And yes the number of switchbacks is intimidating at first but once you get the hang of it – you’ll love it. I call them mini switchbacks. The Tunnel is my favorite too 😊

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  12. Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing. Adding this one to my list.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! So glad you liked it. There’s camping in the area too 😊

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  13. hokey smokes, batman. that’s a wild trail.

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    1. Bel says:

      Wildly beautiful isn’t it?! 😊

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      1. for sure. some of your photos make it look perilous, but upon closer inspection, i can see that it’s relatively safe. still, i wouldn’t want to be the one who installed the rails.

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      2. Bel says:

        Yeah the path is wide enough and not narrow like some other hikes and the railings help. Still quite dangerous if one slips or trips…

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      3. yeah, don’t do that. always enjoy your travels.

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      4. Bel says:

        I try not to 😂

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  14. I love Washington, and have always wanted to return there. I visited briefly for a business trip to Seattle and fell in love. Thanks for sharing this park! I like short hikes, too. Lol

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    1. Bel says:

      I haven’t been to Seattle but it’s definitely on my list. I bet I’d fall in love with Seattle too ❤️ Short hikes with amazing views are the best 😂 I’ve been to longer hikes but it wears me out 😱

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  15. Thanks for sharing the park with us

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    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome. Thanks for taking time to read it 😊

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