Beacon Rock State Park Travel Guide

  • Red Dot in Center of Map is Location of Trailhead
    Red Dot in Center of Map is Location of...
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  • Seen from Vista Point looking East
    Seen from Vista Point looking East
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  • View of Beacon Rock from Upper Picnic Area
    View of Beacon Rock from Upper Picnic...
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Beacon Rock State Park Things to Do

  • Hamilton Mountain: Viewpoint with Work

    Don't let the 3.2 mile (5.3 km) distance fool you: Hamilton Mountain is not just another walk in a state park. The elevation gain from bottom to top is in the 2,400 ft range, and seems more than that once you start out. I won't say it is only for seasoned hikers because there really isn't anything exceptionally difficult about it, at least not...

  • Beacon Rock Summit Trail

    The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has quite a number of spectacular hiking trails, but probably the most spectacular of them all is the short (less than 1 mile) trail up to the top of Beacon Rock.There are two things that make this spectacular:+ The wonderful views on the way up the side of the rock (see photos of Views from the Trail)+...

  • Day Use Picnic Area and Paved Trail

    The western entrance to Beacon Rock State Park includes access to the boat launch ramp and the day use area nearest the river (there are several day use and picnic facilites in the park, but this is the closest one to the river). The river side day use area is an open grass field that has quite a number of picnic tables, and a paved trail that runs...

  • Rodney Falls and Pool of the Winds

    Rodney Falls is almost invisible from virtually every viewing angle. It empties into a hollowed out hole in the rocks from which it falls, and here it falls into a pool at the bottom of the hole.This pool is called Pool of the Winds as the rush of water current coming down the falls creates as rush of wind out the small slit in the rock out of...

  • Hardy Falls: A Look Down from Above

    Unfortunately, as it is currently the view of Hardy Falls isn't exceptionally spectacular. The only access is a viewpoint that sits on a precarious rock overlooking the top of the falls from the west side. This is the best that could be done under the current trail circumstances.The best route to this location requires starting at either the upper...

  • Lower Upper Picnic Area / Hamilton Mtn...

    Officially speaking, on the signs this area is called the "Lower Picnic Area", but that is on the signs after you have started to climb the hill on the north side of Highway 14. The real "lower" picnic area is the one right next to the Columbia River.This "Lower Picnic Area" here has a few scattered picnic tables, some of them with cooking stands,...


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  • Segolily's Profile Photo

    by Segolily Written Aug 8, 2009

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    Just thought I'd throw in our picture of the Bridge of the Gods. This is where we crossed the river from the Oregon side to the Washington side in order to visit Beacon Rock and the Washington side of the Bonneville Dam.

    Crossing the Bridge of the Gods View downriver from Bridge
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Beacon Rock State Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Minor Falls around Pool of the...

    Finding much of anything in Beacon Rock State Park that is "Off the Beaten Path" these days is quite a challenge. It isn't the most popular set of trails in the Columbia River Gorge, but it is also a very popular location. However, in this case the features are not remarked on the maps, and perhaps they should be.Hardy Falls is very difficult to...

  • Viewpoint East of Hardy Falls and Bridge

    While it really isn't too much of a viewpoint compared to the summit of Hamilton Mountain, there is a small viewpoints of sorts positioned just uphill and east of the stream crossing at Hardy Falls and Pool of the Winds. While not stunning, if you have come all the way to Hardy Falls you might as well continue up hill another 200 feet or so and see...

  • Upper Picnic Area

    This small picnic area serves no trailheads, unlike the "Lower Picnic Area" slightly further down the hill. It is somewhat less popular than that picnic area due to it not serving the trails, and it doesn't have a playground. However, there is a somewhat better view here through the trees from one or two of the picnic tables on the uphill side of...


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