Love the idea of climbing of mountain but don’t actually want to go through all the training? Well, Beacon Rock is a close second. It’s truly a sight to be seen and an unforgettable hike that isn’t nearly as hard as you might think. Get ready to feel like you’re on your own Indiana Jones adventure.

Beacon Rock towers 848 feet over the Columbia River and is actually the core of an ancient volcano. So technically at one point, it was a mountain.

While massive in size, the hike to the top is actually only a mile long but it is set on a series of dizzying switchbacks. The hike certainly isn’t easy, your heart rate will get going but considering how tall the rock is, the series of switchbacks is a welcome adventure to see the views at the top.

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If you’re wondering why we compare it to an Indiana Jones esq adventure it’s because the switchback is on the cliff face. So you’re truly walking on the edge, and yes there are handrails before you totally freak out.


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What’s more, you have views throughout the entirety of the hike making it an excellent choice for those of you looking for something scenic. Of course, if you happen to be afraid of heights, this one might be a pass.

Keep in mind a Discover Pass is needed to access this park. The park is equipped to issue both day ($10) and annual passes ($30) or you can always check one out from the library.

Beacon Rock State Park

Where: 34841 WA-14, Stevenson, WA

Information on Beacon Rock is from Washington State Parks and is accurate as of the publication date.