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Beacon Rock State Park - Little Beacon Trail

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA
45.6357, -122.0240 Map & Directions
Length
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
108 feet
Highest Point
683 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Mossy talus fields along the Little Beacon Trail. Photo by Shannon Cunningham. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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Little Beacon Trail is a short spur trail off the Hadley Trail in Beacon Rock State Park over moss covered talus to the base of Little Beacon Rock and a view of Beacon Rock. Continue reading

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Hiking Beacon Rock State Park - Little Beacon Trail

Little Beacon Trail is a short spur trail off the Hadley Trail in Beacon Rock State Park over moss-covered talus to the base of Little Beacon Rock and a view of Beacon Rock.

Starting from the state park campground, follow the Hadley Trail up a few easy switchbacks to a junction with the Little Beacon Trail, found a third of a mile in. There is a trail sign and rock marker that commemorates the trail's construction by the CCC in 1939 and its restoration from 2002 to 2005 by the Chinook Trail Association.

Take a right and follow the trail constructed in the an aged talus field carpeted in bright green moss and ferns as it moves through the forest to below Little Beacon Rock. The rocks are home to pikas; maybe you will spot a few scurrying about. Mostly likely, you will only hear their shrill peep warning of your approach.

The path ends a quarter mile from the junction at a saddle between the rock with a view of Beacon Rock through the trees. You can also see the mountains on the Oregon side of the Gorge off in the distance and the Columbia River down below. Odds are that you will also enjoy some tranquility on this less-traveled trail as you take in those views and imagine yourself in mystical medieval landscape.

You can make your way back down the Little Beacon Trail and continue on the Hadley Trail to connect with the Hamilton Mountain Trail and back to the campground for a 1.9 mile loop.

Hike Description Written by
Shannon Leader, WTA Correspondent

Beacon Rock State Park - Little Beacon Trail

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Co-ordinates: 45.6357, -122.0240 Open in Google Maps

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Getting There

Beacon Rock State Park is located 22 miles east of Camas on Highway 14. Be looking for the turn for the state park and campground. The road angles up the hill to the left as you see Beacon Rock and its parking lot on the righthand side of the highway.

Turn left up the hill and after a quarter mile, stay with the road as it turns left past the Hamilton Mountain trailhead. Follow the road into the campground and across from campsite #11; you will see room for about 4 cars and a sign for the trail.

Coming from the east on Highway 14, continue 7 miles past the Bridge of the Gods Bridge junction, and turn right at the Beacon Rock State Park sign just past the trailhead for Beacon Rock on the left.

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Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

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