Beacon Rock State
East of Vancouver, WA
Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge
National Scenic Area, Beacon Rock is the core of an ancient volcano.
The mile-long trail to its summit provides outstanding panoramic views
of the Columbia River Gorge. The park has over 20 miles of roads and
trails open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.
35 miles east of Vancouver, WA
Summer: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Winter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for day-use only.
The park is closed to camping Sept. 30 through March 27.
Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time, 1 p.m.
Quiet hours: 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
4,481.89 acres with 9,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia
Beacon Rock State Park was acquired in 19 parcels; the first in 1935
and the last in 1990, for a total cost of $1,416,721.
"Beacon Rock" was originally named by Lewis and Clark on their
expedition to the Pacific Ocean on October 31, 1805. It was near Beacon
Rock that they first measured tidal influences from the ocean on the
In 1811, Alexander Ross of the
John Jacob Astor expedition called the rock "Inoshoack Castle." The rock was known as
"Castle Rock" until, in 1916, the United States Board of Geographic
Names restored the name "Beacon Rock."
Henry J. Biddle purchased the rock in order to build a
trail to the top. The trail was built, and in 1935 his heirs turned
the rock over to the state for use as a park. Additional development
was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
33 campsites, 71 picnic sites, 5 comfort stations, 5 kitchen shelters,
2 adirondack shelters in group camp, 2 primitive campsites, 2 boat launch
ramps, dock, 2 residences, shop/ service buildings, unorganized group
camp area, 1 mile trail to the top of Beacon Rock, plus 8.5 mile loop
trail to Hamilton Mountain and return. 13 miles of fire road open to
equestrian, mountain bike, and hiking use.
Of Special Interest
Beacon Rock offers excellent opportunities for rock climbing except
where it interferes with nesting raptors, primarily on the south face.
The presence of the falcon nest requires that the south face be closed
to technical rock activity February 1 to July 15 annually.
20 mi. Hiking Trails
12 mi. Bike Trails
12 mi. Horse Trails
Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)
1 boat ramp (freshwater)
916 feet of dock (freshwater)
916 feet of moorage (freshwater)
Take I-5 south to Vancouver. Just north of Vancouver, take I-205 south.
Follow I-205 south to the Hwy. 14 exit (last exit crossing the Columbia
River into Oregon). Follow Hwy. 14 east. Beacon Rock and the park entrance
are located at mile post 35.
Take I-84 eastbound along the Columbia River to Cascade Locks. At Cascade
Locks, cross the Columbia River into Washington on the Bridge of the
Gods toll bridge. Turn left onto Hwy. 14. Follow Hwy. 14 west for seven
miles to Beacon Rock.
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