Beacon Rock is a the core of an ancient volcano. Over thousands of years, hundreds of massive floods (originating in Missoula Montana) careened through the Columbia River Gorge and carved away the volcano's main structure, leaving only the lava core we see today. Depending on the definition and expert you talk to, it is the second largest free standing monolith in the northern hemisphere!
The trail up Beacon Rock is short and manageable for day-hikers of all ages, at just under a mile each direction. It is well maintained, although not paved most the way.
There are no restrooms or water sources along the way, so be sure to utilize the facilities BEFORE heading up.
As with all WA State Parks, a daily or annual Discover Pass must be displayed by each vehicle. Daily passes are sold via an automated pay-station for $10. NOTE: Northwest Forrest Passes are NOT accepted!
CAR POOL: Because of the parking cost, it would be a good idea to car pool. Anyone wanting a ride or wanting to offer a ride should rendezvous at 9 am at the Parkrose Transit Center on northeast Sandy Boulevard.