Directions: Take I-84 East to Cascade Locks and cross Bridge Of The Gods ($2 toll). Take a left onto Highway 14 and drive for about 5 miles until you come to the parking area on the left shoulder of the highway.
We first did this hike in mid-August of 2014. It was a clear day and the views were great. This time around it’s the middle of winter and we happened to pick a REALLY foggy day.
From the parking area take the dirt trail into the woods and follow it until you reach the gated entrance to Beacon Rock. From here it’s a series of 51 switchbacks all the way to the top. That may seem quite daunting but it’s actually a pretty easy hike. You’ll be on a mix of wooden bridges and a paved rock path the whole way up. There are many viewpoints to stop at along the way.
The difference with the revisit would definitely be the weather. There was so much fog this time that we didn’t see much of anything (the picture of white with some trees to the left was our view at the top, it was quite funny). It was also a little drizzly which made a few parts a little slick. BUT the fog also made it kinda fun and we got some great pictures too. It’s also easier to hike in weather that’s in the mid 40’s instead of low 90’s, as well as a LOT less crowded.
Distance: 2 miles
Elevation: 700 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: Most ages- there is quite a bit of elevation to consider for older folks and younger kids.
Parking Fee: $10 Washington Discovery Pass
Overall: We love Beacon Rock and it’s even better with fog!