|Beacon Rock is the shadow in the mid distance. The link for this picture is the attribution|
Now he has a big beautiful rock (which he has also fought to be re-named using the original Lewis and Clark name of 'Beacon”) and a trail going up. The next step is to convince some government agency to own it. The story I heard (which I just can't find a reference for, dammit) is that he tried to give it to the state of Washington but they didn't want it. But Oregon said they would love to have it, and this made Washington step up and take it because they didn't want to give Oregon anything on their side of the river.....
|Yes, The trail has a door.|
And Don't forget to enjoy the views on the way up either:
|Where did that dot in the middle of my optics come from?|
After you get to the top of impressive set of switchbacks, you flatten out in the sort of wooded area on the top of the rock. Some big trees up there just trying to make a living away from the lumber jacks that are killing their cousins off in the distance. You are over on the East side now and get views of the Bonneville Dam and up river. Way down below is a little piece of the Columbia with people out kayaking. Have to check that out sometime.
We are almost there now, we wind up a little more and then we are in the woods on the top of the rock. Don't wander off the trail, the drop offs right over there are sheer and deadly and that green shrub is all poison Oak. (The good news is that if you slip and fall you won't spend the next 2 weeks in itch hell. I mean, being dead and all). Up a little flight of stairs to the very summit which is exposed stone. The view isn't very good up there as the trees on the top block the view in most directions except toward the dam (South East). Lots of people on the top. Well, 6 people, but the top of the rock is SMALL. I would not call it a good place to picnic. We head back down.
|Action Adventure Girl on the Very Very Top (of course)|
|I just thought this looked cool|
|See the Switch Backs?|
|What about Now?|