Beacon Rock in Washington, next to the Columbia River. 10 x zoom photo from the Oregon side of the Columbia River. This rock should be in my Oregon photos. The side seen here has much of the trail, facing the river..
Beacon Rock is the second largest true monolith in the world, believed to be the remaining plug or core of an ancient mountain. GPS coordinates: 45.629135, -122.021342 is parking & north side of the rock 45.662598, -121.901801 is Bridge of the Gods between OR and WA
It takes about 40 to 60 minutes to hike from the bottom of Beacon Rock to the top. The trail is well-made, constructed back in 1915. There are about 47 switch-backs with all the handrails needed for a safe visit. This would be a fine opportunity for people staying at the Columbia River Gorge, seeking a hike for no gear, very little time, and easy to get to. The hike is about 1.8 miles round trip. There are spectacular views of Oregon, Washington and the Columbia River Gorge most of the way. Beacon Rock is in Beacon Rock State Park with historic significance.
Beacon Rock is next to Washington Hy. SR 14, barely 40 minutes from Vancouver or east Portland if you cross the Columbia on Hy. 205. From Portland, about 1 hour away if you take Interstate 84 and crosss the Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks. The drive is pleasant and scenic on the Washington and Oregon sides of the Columbia River. If you visit my Oregon photo, you should find some Beacon Rock Photos.