Hiked this for the third time today. I encourage non-hikers I know to give this rock a try, its really a unique hike.
Crowded trail in summer.
My first climb up this was in 1977 with my son in a backpack when he was about 9 months old. I've climbed it many times since, and taken my younger children on quite a few hikes up this. It makes a great quick, "getting back into shape" workout, and I can usually do it in about an hour, Photos included.
As I grew up just down the road from this rock, I've climbed it MANY times. Great place to take a girl on a date...
couldn't resist this trail with wife and daughter. want to go back and try some technical rock here.
Decided to climb this one on the way home so got out and went up it. An easy little walk, round trip was about an hour plus 15 minutes at the summit.
Jogged my way up here after doing Hamilton Mountain. Came back for a slower climb in April with my parents.
Nice 6ish pitch route, I still want to give the normal SE corner a try.
Intrigued by the sunshine Jim and I headed to climb Beacon Rock. Once we got there the wind was just howling through the Gorge. The climbing was very enjoyable with lots of variety face, crack, exposure and the wind, did I mention that. I felt the short chimney on P5 was the hardest move or maybe my hands were just too cold. Walked down quickly just to get busted on Hwy 14 for speeding...
Fun climb with Haydar on an extremely windy day! This time I did the final two pitches correctly and really enjoyed the last one - fun scrambling on exposed rock. Our hands were freezing as we finished up and got down as quickly as we could.
I've been up this one as early as the fifties but the first time I recorded it was when I went up with my kids in '82. Probably hiked it 50 times or more and it's always a great little break on a drive up the gorge or as a warm-up for Hamilton.
Climbed this fun route with David on an unusually windless and comfortable day. The first four pitches were fantastic - after that we headed up and off-route to see if we could extend the climbing a bit, but instead had to claw our way up moss-covered rock. Overall a very nice route in a great setting. I just wish my climbing skills were good enough to attempt some of the other impressive routes at Beacon!
Mark and I have done this route several times now. Lots of fun. Rope drag can be negated around the roof by not sewing it up with gear. Two way radios come in handy on this climb, as trains are passing by regularly.
Climbed this fun formation with my wife. Sunny and warm weather though a bit windy (typical for the Gorge). Once again we noted that there's nothing like climbing to clear the head and make one foreget about life. Bring 2-way radios or you'll be losing your voice (and much time) trying to communicate with your partner (esp. pitches 3 and 4). Cut off one pitch by incorporating parts of pitch 5 (as described on the route page) into pitch before and pitch after. Pitch 3 is the highlight - used all triple length slings under the roof to keep rope drag down (only partially successful). Thanks to many folks who gave us route beta on this one, including Mark, Jay (peakbagger4 - incl. excellent, accurate route photos), and Brian (BrianJenkins) - made route finding a breeze.
Beautiful and warm late October day. Nobody else on this route all day except for Mark, Natasha and I. Originally were going to try the Right Gull route but at the top of pitch 1 we decided to do the Southeast Face. Easy traverse over to Pitch 3. I thought the crux of the climb was the first 15 feet of pitch 3; slightly overhung and then a lieback crack/slab to the right. Exposed traverse over an arrete to the right to a great belay ledge. From pitch 4 on it was just nice and fun and Elvis joined us on the climb. ;- ) Viva Las Vegas! Much better to walk down the trail (love that walkoff) after having climbed Beacon rather than hiking up the paved trail. Awesome day and glad to tick this one on my list.