Portland March 15, 2020
The State Park Near Portland That You Simply Must Visit This Year
Just to the east of Portland lies this incredible state park that, if you haven’t explored yet, you must add to your 2018 bucket list. Located on the Columbia Gorge, Beacon Rock State Park is on the Washington side of the river, making it still accessible after the devastating fire season of 2017.
Beacon Rock State Park is located a little over 30 miles east of the city.
The site was actually a stop on the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805, and is notable as one of the first places that tides were measured on the river, giving the explorers a sign that they were getting close to the ocean.
Named after the 848-foot basalt volcanic plug of the same name, the park is easily identifiable from a distance.
Encompassing over 5,000 acres and 9,500 feet of Columbia River shoreline, the park is a beautiful place to escape into the wilderness.
The 3/4 mile trail to the top of Beacon Rock consists of 51 switchbacks, bridges and handrails.
Completed in 1918, the rock was originally owned by Henry Biddle before the park was established in 1935.
Today the park is known for its great technical rock climbing as well as wonderful hiking trails.
Much like on the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge, Beacon Rock State Park is known for its breath-taking beauty and awe-inspiring views.
The park is also home to a dock and boat launch, and is a great place for camping come summer - or year round if you are up for it.
From its highest point - 2,445 feet atop Hamilton Mountain - you can even catch views of Bonneville Dam.
For a truly mesmerizing day surrounded by beauty, make the journey to this park in the heart of the Gorge that you can enjoy any time of the year.
Have you visited Beacon Rock State Park? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.