Beacon Rock

An easy 2-mile hike with 600 feet of elevation gain. The trail switchbacks up the southern face of the 848-foot basalt rock that rises over the Columbia River and great views. There are technical climbing routes on the rock, many closed seasonally for peregrine falcon nesting.

getting there

Drive SR-14 to Beacon Rock State Park, 34 miles east of Vancouver, WA. Parking is at the base of Beacon Rock on the south side of the highway (250 ft).

on the trail

Hike the trail 1.0 mile to the top climbing 600 feet to the top of the 848-foot basalt column.

climbing routes

Beacon Rock/Southeast Corner

Likely the most popular route on Beacon Rock, the Southeast Corner is a 7-pitch, 5.6, Grade III climb accessed from the climber's trail on the east side of the rock.


Hike down the trail from the summit.



The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter. 

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing, Day Hiking
  • Climbing Category: Rock Climb
  • Seasons: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 2.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • 848 ft
  • Green Trails Columbia River Gorge West No. 428S
  • Green Trails Bonneville Dam No. 429

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