“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.
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