Beacon Rock - Backcountry Trails

Washington State Parks Southwest

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Thu, Nov 15, 2012

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Although the Rock steals the limelight, Beacon Rock state park has an extensive network of trails on the north side of the Highway. Join with our Thursday crew volunteers as they work to restore and improve some of these routes.

Although Beacon Rocks namesake monolith steals much of the limelight, there is an extensive trail system of non-motorized trails north of Hwy 14. Hardy Creek runs between the popular Hamilton Mt. and its lesser known ridge to the west, Hardy Ridge. Many of the routes in the Hardy Ridge area use old logging roads that are closed to motor vehicles making for pleasant double track for equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers. But starting in 2005 WTA volunteers began work on two single-track routes that provide more loop options in the park. The first completed in 2009 links the East and West Hardy Ridge Trails with a 0.9 mile hiker only single-track that traverses the ridge providing an excellent vista of the Columbia Gorge. The second trail, know as the Bridge Trail was completed in 2012. It links the East Hardy Trail to the Upper Hardy Creek Trail and is open to all non-motorized users. The 0.76 mile trail winds through a dense forest of evergreens, crossing two creeks, then arches across Hardy Creek on a majestic bridge.

Driving directions:
Coming from the north into Vancouver, WA on I-205, take Exit 27 onto State Hwy 14, heading East (toward Camas). Continue east on SH 14 for about 30 miles and you will reach the Beacon Rock Park, turn left (head North, away from the river) onto Kueffler Road (just before, or west of, the Beacon Rock Ranger Station). Continue on Kueffler Road until ~200ft past the 1-mile marker, turn right onto the gravel road that will end at the equestrian parking lot, where we will meet for the trail work. (Driving time from Vancouver: approximately 1 hours.)

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GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head


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