Beacon Rock State Park

**Technical Rock Climbing Closures

Beacon Rock will open for technical rock climbing starting July 15, 2016. The Peregrine Falcons have fledged and the areas from the southeast, south, southwest and west faces will be open for technical rock climbing. The northwest face with the exception of “stone soup” will be closed from the route “stone soup" to the hiking trail. The east face is permanently closed for the protection of rare species, cultural and historical resources. The hiking trail to the top of Beacon Rock is open year round. 
Beacon Rock State Park is a 5,100-acre year-round camping park with historic significance dating back hundreds of years. 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 includes 9,500-feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River. The park has over 20 miles of roads and trails open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.
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  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

ADA Amenities/Facilities
  • Campground
  • Hiking trail
  • Restroom
Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
There are two kitchen shelters with electricity in the park, plus two sheltered and 53 unsheltered picnic tables.

The lower picnic area kitchen shelter is located at Hamilton Mountain Trailhead, available first come, first served. Water and power are available in the shelter.

The upper picnic area kitchen shelter is available by reservation for groups of up to 100 people. Water and power are on-site.

  • 1 mile of ADA hiking trail
  • 8.2 miles of hiking trails
  • 13 miles of bike trails
  • 13 miles of horse trails
Select a file below for a description of trailheads:

Water Activities & Features
  • 916-feet of dock
  • 916-feet of moorage
  • Boating
  • Boat ramp
  • Freshwater fishing
Other Activities & Features
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
The park offers a one mile interpretive trail at the Doetsch day-use area. The trail is ADA accessible. Additionally, there are interpretive signs about the Ice Age floods along the Beacon Rock Trail.

Additional Information
  • Beacon Rock offers excellent opportunities for rock climbing, and is considered to be some of the very best "Traditional Climbing" in the northwest. Climbers do need to be aware of where and when they climb due to management restrictions. Only the NW corner is open to climbing year round. The east face is closed year round due to environmental sensitivity. The rest of Beacon Rock is closed to rock climbing from February 1 to mid July annually to protect sensitive wildlife habitat. Call the park at (509) 427-8265 for more information.
  • The horse and bike trails are multi-use, with hikers allowed.
  • There is fishing on the lower Columbia River, below Bonneville Dam, for sturgeon, salmon, steelhead, bass, and walleye.
  • The park is a popular site for weddings.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.