If you are looking for a reason for a quick visit to the Columbia River Gorge, head for Beacon Rock State Park on Saturday.
Park staffers and the Washington Trails Association will host a grand opening of the 1-mile River to Rock Trail, celebrating a trail that will make access to 848-foot-tall Beacon Rock safer for all users.
The rock was named on Oct. 31, 1805 by Lewis and Clark. It was here, according to records, that the expedition first measured tidal influences from the ocean on the Columbia River.
Visitors should gather at the moorage area for a ribbon cutting ceremony, light refreshments and a short hike.
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The rock is the remnants of an ancient volcano’s core. The ice-age floods through the Columbia River Gorge eroded away the softer material, leaving behind the geological standing on the banks of the Columbia River.
The celebration will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The 5,100-acre park is at 34841 State Route 14, Skamania. It has 8.2 miles of hiking trails and 13 miles of biking/horse trails, and 9,500 feet of shoreline on the Columbia.