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Beacon Rock, WA

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Distance Round Trip 1.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 238 feet
Elevation Gain 602 feet
Accumulated Gain 602 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.81
Interest Historic & Peak
Dogs not allowed
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15  2018-07-04 Lucyan
4  2017-09-26 keepmoving
5  2010-12-31 Dano
10  2010-03-26 Dano
Author Dano
author avatar Guides 12
Routes 0
Photos 479
Trips 247 map ( 901 miles )
Age 58 Male Gender
Location Vancouver, WA
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Preferred   May, Oct, Jun, Sep
Seasons   ALL
Sun  4:50am - 7:38pm
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This one REALLY Rocks!
by Dano

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This was my second choice, right after Multnomah Falls. You can thank Henry Biddle and Chas Johnson for this hike, because there's no way the trail would be built today. They blasted out portions of the side of this rock back in 1915, and spent four years attaching metal hand rails. This one is not for those with a fear of heights, nor for small children.

Depending on how you define rock, this is the second largest of its kind in the world. It is the remnant of a volcano that erupted around 60,000 years ago.

The parking lot is right next to the highway, and has restrooms. Walk West to the trailhead sign. This is what you'll be climbing. The trail goes about a quarter mile through trees, then starts up the side of the rock to a gate. From here on out it's up, up, and up along metal railing, with so many switchbacks that you'll get a little dizzy. The views get better; here's the view of Bonneville Dam to the East. The view down the gorge to the West is just as impressive. The trail meanders around to the East side of the rock; note that the wind picks up quite a bit here. Here I am at the summit.

As with any free parking lot in this region, be sure to hide and secure your valuables. Another few miles East is the Bridge of the gods, and for $1 you can drive across it to the Oregon side of the river.

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2010-03-26 Dano
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Portland, either do a longer loop by taking I-84 east about 40 miles, exiting at the Bridge of the gods, crossing the bridge for $1(2010-03-26) and coming back West on Washington Highway 14.

    Another way is to take I-84 to I-205 North, cross the River and take Washington State Highway 14 for 35 miles. The parking lot is on the South side of the highway.
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