BETA PHOTO: Beacon from I-84
A lone 850í basalt monolith that sits prominently in the Washington side of the spectacular Columbia Gorge, Beacon Rock is an obvious climbing destination for Portland climbers. Although much of the rock in the gorge is of poor quality, Beacon Rock has plenty of solid and steep lines. A handful of boulders are tucked away in the woods below.
The descent off of Beacon Rock is one of the easiest anywhere. An elaborate stainless steel "trail" of platforms and staircases is bolted to the East side of Beacon Rock which makes for an easy hike to the top for tourists, or an easy descent for climbers.
It will make a lot more sense to sort the routes Right to Left in the route listing, since the only climber's trail traverses the wall right to left. Some routes (Fireball, Gitmo, etc.) are on the separate NE face, but are rarely climbed.
The easiest way to reach Beacon Rock is to take State Route 14 29 miles East from Vancouver, Washington. Alternatively, you can take I-84 East from Portland and cross The Bridge of the Gods (have some change handy, as itís a toll bridge), and then West on SR 14 to the park.
To get to the main routes, park at the east end of the main parking lot, and there is a Climber's Info board there. The trail a couple feet to the left of it. Follow it down to the south face.
Weather station 3.8 miles from here
36 Total Routes
['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Browse More Classics in Beacon Rock
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Beacon Rock:
Cruisin' 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Right Gull 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
A0 Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 300'
Blownout 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 220'
Windsurfer 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 105'
Rise Up 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Pipeline 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Windwalker 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Featured Route For Beacon Rock
Link-up: Free for All/Dod's Jam/Dastardly Crack 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b WA
: Southwest Cascades
: Beacon Rock
This is a great link-up of classic (mostly) hand cracks that takes a direct line up the South Face, ending at the hiker's trail for an easy descent.P1, Free for All (5.8 or 5.9): Start at a small detached pillar, climbing either the left or right sides. The left side is harder (given .10a in Portland Rock Climbs); if climbing it, bring a couple of slings to girth-hitch constrictions up high. From the pillar top, a seemingly endless exposed steep hand crack finally leads to a ledge. ...[more] Browse More Classics in WA
Latest Regional Forum Messages
BETA PHOTO: The mostly forbidden north and east faces of Beaco...
BETA PHOTO: South Face of Beacon Rock
From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 23, 2006
You might also add that the east face is currently closed to climbing.
The last few years have seen a revitalization of climbing and stewardship at beacon rock. There has been extensive anchor restoration, route cleaning, and new route development in the last few years. This summer there are plans to reclaim several more once popular routes of foliage and debris.
By Jonas Salk
Aug 6, 2011
I just climbed here the other day. Cruisin, S.W. corner, Free for all. Fun climbing for sure!