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Description - Beacon Rock State Park covers 4,481.89 acres with 9,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River. The local attractions include 33 campsites, 71 picnic sites, five comfort stations, five kitchen shelters, two Adirondack shelters in group camp, two primitive campsites, two boat launch ramps, a dock, an unorganized group camp area, a one mile trail to the top of Beacon Rock, and an 8.5 mile loop trail to Hamilton Mountain and return. In addition, there are 13 miles of fire road open to equestrian, mountain bike, and hiking use.

Recreation - Activities at the park include picnicking, camping, hiking, playground activities, fishing, boating, rock climbing, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Climate - Influenced by the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains, this area is characterized by a generally wet and temperate climate. Winters are cool and cloudy with rain and some snow. Maximum winter temperatures are normally in the mid- to high 40s with minimum temperatures in the mid 30s. Summers are warm and relatively dry with maximum and minimum temperatures in the mid 70s and low 50s, respectively.

Location - Beacon Rock State Park, in southwest Washington, is located 35 miles east of Vancouver on State Route 14, in Skamania County.

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Filed By: Tiffany (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beacon Rock is very cool. Nice hike. Awesome views. How can you not like the Columbia River Gorge between WA and Oregon? Stunning scenery. Will definitely go back.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: There is a 3/4 mile hike to the top of Beacon Rock, the trail is relatively easy with lots of switchbacks, there is a handrail along the way and the views are breathtaking, we went at dusk and was lucky to see the changing colors of sundown along the face of the rocks, it was absolutely amazing, and I highly recommed the trek. My suggestion for the next guy....dont forget the camera!!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: rock climbing here is not recommended. dont come and climb here, there are no bolts and all available routes books are highly inaccurate. route finding is difficult at best and if you get of route you are going to be in a world of hurt.

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Contact Information:
Beacon Rock State Park, 34841 State Rd. 14 , Skamania, WA, 98648, Phone: 509-427-8265, Fax: 509-796-3242

Additional Information:
Seattle Area/Volcano Country - This is Volcano Country, home of three volcanoes and a gorge, all in remarkably close proximity to urban centers, from Portland to Puget Sound. This region includes the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas as well as Vancouver, Washington.
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