News Release 13-012
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
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Don Hoch, Director
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Beacon Rock Trail reopened for hiking after bridge repairs completed
April 16, 2013 –
The Beacon Rock Trail is reopened to hikers following completion of repairs to fix a trail bridge damaged during a January rock slide.
Beacon Rock is an iconic geologic feature in Skamania County 35 miles east of Vancouver. The mile-long trail to the top of Beacon Rock is a popular day hike, well-known for providing outstanding views of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. On Jan. 25, falling rock damaged the beams of one of the bridges affixed to a cliff face, requiring the trail to be closed. Dan R. Dalton, Inc., of Usk, was hired to repair the steel beams, and park staff repaired the wood decking and hand rails. The bridge was reopened Friday.
Beacon Rock State Park offers camping, overnight moorage and watercraft launch, 20 miles of roads and trails for hiking and biking and an equestrian area. The park has a mile-long interpretive day-use trail that is wheelchair accessible. The south face of Beacon Rock is open for technical climbing between mid-July and late January each year.
The Beacon Rock Trail was constructed between 1915 and 1918, along nearly vertical cliffs of the core of the extinct volcano that overlooks the Columbia. Explorers Lewis and Clark named the rock on their expedition in 1805.
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