While vacationing in Portland, Oregon we planned a day for hiking of course. How can you go to Oregon and not enjoy the outdoors?
Just so happened my hiking buddy Maribel was with me and we also had our families going out to enjoy the trails too.
We actually came to Beacon Rock by chance. I had not even heard of this place before. But what a great find!! Thanks to Maribel’s husband who talks to everyone- including all the volunteer guides hanging out at our first stop, Multnomah Falls.
I had to make the first stop at Multnomah because I wanted to recreate my family portrait from the last time we were here as a family. I had also planned to hike to the top of the mountain to reach the top of the waterfall. We made our way around and happily took pictures and started our hike up to the top only to be stopped by a fence. I was shocked and thought Great! What are we going to do now? I was really disappointed 😔 Traveling so far and dreaming about the views from the top…
But Fernando had the whole scoop and it seemed the area was closed for restoration and construction. He had the map of all the main trails along the Columbia River Highway. I guess I should have paid better attention!
Beacon Rock is just about 10 minutes down the road from Multnomah Falls, you cross The Bridge of Gods which goes across the river that separates Oregon and Washington states. That cost is $2 each way. Once across the bridge turn to the left and a few miles down there is a dirt parking lot off the side of the highway to the left. To park you pay $10 unless you have a Discover Parks Pass. We obviously do not since we are from California. But maybe look into it if you plan to go to a lot if Washington State Parks.
We had to walk and sort of hunt for the trailhead, there is a lot going on in this one small piece of highway. So Ill save you some time and let you know its on the same side as the parking area and there is a sign next to a big pine tree. The trail starts like any other; rocks, dirt and tree roots this section is shaded by pine trees. The trail moves onto a wooden bridge and it seems to be a sectioned path from there and you walk on wooden planks, pavement and dirt. It reminded me of a line at Disneyland with all of the switchbacks and metal hand rails. At a mile worth of switchbacks with the elevation gain it makes for a pretty difficult hike.
There is not a lot of shade climbing up the rock and it gets hot. But the views are amazing. There is no where else you would be able to take in the full picture of the landscape.
We finally made it to the top! Hallelujah! Straight ahead there are is a rail with a pretty flat area to rest in the shade. If you do a little climb up some rocks you can see the views for days. On our trip there were a bunch of people just hanging out with their dogs, that made it a little crowded. We got our pictures and headed down the mountain. It took us about 50 minutes to go up and back down.
It was a really cool place to go! I never had known it even existed so that made it an adventure 😉
I say: GO!
I would not feel comfortable bringing little kids there is a lot of chances to fall or get hurt. Disabled persons with walkers or wheelchairs or even strollers I do see how that would work either. Its some tight spaces.
What to bring:
$ for parking