Beacon Rock is a 848 foot basalt column on the Washington State side of the Columbia River. A dog friendly trail winds it’s way up to the top of the rock.
Quick geology lesson: Beacon Rock once formed the center of a volcano. During the last ice age, when the softer rock around it was scraped away by water and ice, this harder inner core was left sticking out of the landscape.
This was our second stop for our 100-mile road trip game on the way to BlogPaws in Las Vegas. I had never been to Beacon Rock and I wasn’t really sure that Chester and Gretel would be able to climb it.
My doubt wasn’t because it was steep – they have climbed some super steep trails before – but was because the trail was described as a “boardwalk with handrails” or “a platform hanging off the side of the rock”. Chester doesn’t like to walk on planks where he can see the ground below and I wasn’t sure if this “boardwalk” would have gaps. It turns out that there weren’t.
Since this was just a “quick break” in our road trip, we were kind of in a hurry to get to the top. That didn’t stop us from catching highlights of the trail though.
Chester and Gretel had no problem on the trail. It turns out that there are not gaps between the planks. There is just a handrail made of metal pipe or fencing (depending where you are on the trail). This is not a good hike for someone afraid of heights and is definitely a place where you want to be sure your dog is on a leash…a tight leash.
For more photos, and a trip report from our doggy friend Sage, check out Up a Rock.
Trail Name: Beacon Rock
Distance: 2.0 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Highest Point: 848 feet
Permits and Passes: Discover Pass is Required