On November 2, 1805, Captain Clark wrote about remarkable 848ft-tall monolith he called Beaten Rock, changing the name on his return to Beacon Rock.
A century passed, and Henry Biddle bought the Rock for $1. Biddle built a marvelous trail to the top between 1916 and 1918.
Though I didn’t remember the Rock from the days we spent on Oregon side of the Columbia River a few years ago but when I saw its photos I know exactly where it stands.
On that day we drove from California to Washington. And we were tired. Before the road, I knew that this day would be hard for both us: long mostly unknown road through hot California and not less hot Oregon on the newly rented car. I thought that the stop at Beacon Rock State Park would change the mood to more positive.
It was around 6 PM when we turned on Evergreen Highway. Two years we weren’t here and as soon as I saw the view from the Cape Horn Viewpoint, I recalled all memories about this gorgeous region.
The core of an ancient volcano, Beacon Rock has a 0.75-mile trail with around 50 switchbacks.
The longest part of the trail overlooks west of the Rock.
And then turns your eyes to the east.