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Beacon Rock State Park - Hadley Trail

Southwest Washington

Location

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA
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Length

1.2 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 175 ft.
Highest Point: 750 ft.

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The Hadley Trail is an ADA-accessible forested trail just over half a mile long in Beacon Rock State Park that takes you to a lookout point for Bonneville Dam and the Columbia Gorge. It can also connect you with the Hamilton Mountain Trail from the Beacon Rock Campground.

Starting out by campsite 11 in the campground, it is a rather unassuming beginning up a short set of easy switchbacks to where it levels out at a plaque on a large petrified stump that shares the history of the 1930's CCC built trail and Clyde Hadley, the first superintendent of Beacon Rock State Park. When the season is right, you will find wildflowers such as trillium and bleeding hearts to admire or salmonberries for the picking.

The trail then moves into mature second growth fir on a smooth grade as you weave through the trees and catch glimpses of the 848-foot basalt column of Beacon Rock. There is a junction for the Little Beacon Trail, which is also designed to be ADA and ends a quarter mile in at the base of Little Beacon Rock and views of the Gorge. It is definitely worth the side trip, especially if you are able to spot one of the critters that live in the shelter of the moss covered rocks.

The Hadley Trail continues on as it follows a gradual contour line to where the forest opens up of the south side of Little Beacon and runs by a picnic table and under the power lines, a quiet spot to stop before you come around to a larger viewing area and a sturdy bench to rest upon with views of the Bonneville Dam, Columbia Gorge and Hamilton Mountain at the junction for the popular Hamilton Mountain Trail. 

Returning the way you came keeps you on ADA-accessible trail but heading down to the Hamilton Mountain trailhead you can loop back up the road to the campground (not ADA accessible).

 

Beacon Rock State Park - Hadley Trail

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Co-ordinates: 45.6277, -122.0235 Open map in new window

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Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

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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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