Top three reasons to rock climb in Beacon Rock
Plenty of solid and steep lines on a lone 850′ basalt monolith
Easy and interesting descent with elaborate stainless steel “trail”
Long, thin crack routes overlooking the Columbia River
Beacon Rock State Park on the north shore of the Columbia River in Washington, is a hidden gem of multi-pitch and alpine-like climbing just 45 minutes from Portland! The rock feature rises over 800’ above the river, and offers a wide variety of climbing from hard crack climbing pitches to long moderate routes that feel like they belong deep in the North Cascades. There is a trail along Beacon Rock that makes it accessible for climbers and hikers alike. A series of platforms and stairs makes descending the rock very simple and very easy for everyone. The SE Corner (5.7, 6 pitched) is a classic route that is a must-do climb for any local climber, or any adventurer coming through the Pacific Northwest on a climbing trip. Other climbs include Dod’s Jam (5.10c), Free For All (5.8), Free For Some (5.11a), Blownout (5.10a), and Pipeline (5.11b).
The northwest corner is open to climbing year round
Portland, OR, is just under an hour away
Beginner to advanced
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A Customized Day of Private Multi-Pitch Climbing
Explore the various multi-pitch lines that Beacon Rock State Park offers with a professional and experienced guide! Let your guide take you to the best spots and make sure you have fun on the rock. No matter how much experience and skill you have, there are many routes for all levels. Put more experience under your belt and conquer a six-pitched climb. Enjoy the wonderful views over the Colorado River before you descend, either the traditional way or by a series of stairs.
Meet your guide
AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First...
Things to know
Covid measures in Beacon Rock State Park
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Beacon Rock State Park, WA, please refer to the Washington State Department of Health.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day of rock climbing with a guide
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks
- Permit (Washington Discovery Pass required – $10 day use)
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Beacon Rock has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Beacon Rock has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Rock shoes
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The max guest to guide ratio for these private days of climbing is 2:1.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days in Beacon Rock State Park can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Beacon Rock, most people fly into Portland International Airport, just under an hour away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.