Beacon Rock Guided Day Trip

Beacon Rock is the premiere climbing destination in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area throughout summer and early fall.  At just over 800 feet in height, The Beacon stands proud as North America’s tallest free standing Monolith! With up to seven pitches of vertical rock, ranging from 5.5 to 5.7 in difficulty, and totaling over six hundred feet of climbing, the SE Face route is a must do for any climber visiting the Portland area.

*Each route listed involves 5 to 7 pitches of technical rock climbing and will generally require a full 8 hour day to complete and return to the cars.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced  (5.7 – 5.11 YDS)

Travel Time from Portland: 60min

Perfect For:  The intermediate to advanced level climber looking to experience a day of adventure climbing high off the ground in the heart the the Columbia River Gorge.


SE Face Route III 5.7

The SE Face Route of Beacon Rock is the most accessible technical rock climb on this monolith.  Most of the route is climbable at the 5.5 – 5.6 difficulty range, with a single pitch of 5.7.  This route offers a great opportunity for climbers looking to embark on their first major multi pitch adventure.  With ample ledges, comfortable belay stances, and breathtaking views of the surrounding area, the SE Face route is certainly a modern day classic.

Follow one of our highly experienced guides to the summit of the Beacon’s picturesque SE Face route. A day long endeavor, climbing the Beacon will test your climbing skills and mental prowess while delivering you to new heights and providing breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge. After ascending the final pitches to the top, take in the view of the surrounding mountains and gorge before beginning your leisurely descent back to the base via a well established hikers trail.

*This climb can be accessed by climbers who comfortably climb to the grade of 5.8 in a gym setting.


Young Warriors Route III 5.10a

A true Northwest mega classic.   The Young Warriors Routes dances up the S/SE aspect of Beacon Rock following 6 pitches of stellar climbing which runs the full range of climbing styles from delicate slab to steep cracks, stemming corners, and fun face climbing.  If you are a climber who feels comfortable climbing several pitches of 5.10a in a single day and are looking for a fantastic route to test your skills while experiencing one of the regions finest routes, the Young Warriors Route is calling your name.



One Person – $250/person

Two People – $150/person

*Two Climbers Max.

Contact us to plan your trip or learn more!

Trip Details

Pre-Trip Essentials

All of the necessary technical gear will be provided for your outing. This includes a climbing harness, climbing shoes, and helmet. Please bring along all clothing and personal items listed below, as safety and comfort are insured through proper preparation.

  • Be sure to eat a full meal before departing for the trip
  • A small backpack to carry small personal items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, water, and snacks.
  • Sturdy footwear suitable for hiking
  • Weather appropriate attire including: + A fleece, wool sweater, or insulating jacket for warmth + Waterproof shell, or any available rain jacket
  • Clothing that will be comfortable for physical activity
  • Cotton is not recommended


Day of Climb

Guests will meet their guide on the morning of the climb at a predetermined time in the Beacon Rock State Park parking lot.

Beacon Rock State Park is located 45 minutes from downtown Portland near Stevenson, Washington and is reached from Portland by following highway 14 east towards Hood River.

Total trip time, including hike in and proper pre-climb preparations, varies from 5-8 hours depending on group size and ability level.



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