The Bridge Trail is this Thursday's destination in the lesser-known backcountry of Beacon Rock. Deep in the heart of the park, the intrepid hiker will discover solitude, fire scarred remnants of old-growth giants from the Yacolt Burn (1902), crystal clear waters of Hardy Creek and a beautiful trail built by WTA volunteers!
"Beacon Rock" was originally named by Lewis and Clark on their expedition to the Pacific Ocean on October 31, 1805. It was near Beacon Rock that they first measured tidal influences from the ocean on the Columbia River. In 1811, Alexander Ross of the John Jacob Astor expedition called the rock "Inoshoack Castle." The rock was known as "Castle Rock" until, in 1916, the United States Board of Geographic Names restored the name "Beacon Rock." Henry J. Biddle purchased the rock in order to build a trail to the top. The trail was built, and in 1935 his heirs turned the rock over to the state for use as a park. Additional development was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park is situated alongside the Columbia River, within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. In addition to the picnic and camping facilities there are several miles of pedestrian and equestrian trails that lead away from the river and into the foothills.
GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head