Beacon Rock is the core of an ancient volcano and is a well known landmark that is recommended for the first time visitor to the Columbia River Gorge. The plug is 848 feet high with handrails lining most of the ascent. The trail is 4,500 feet long with a 15 percent grade and takes 45 minutes to an hour to make the round trip. Once on top of the rock, the view of the Columbia River Gorge is breathtaking.

Getting there: Drive west on Hwy 14, 10 miles from Stevenson, Washington. You can’t miss Beacon Rock on your left at MP 35.

Level: Easy to Moderate / 2 miles round trip / Elevation Gain: 600 ft
Note: Washington State Discover Pass required

For more information on www.discoverpass.wa.gov, click here