| What: This immense 850 foot tall rock was mentioned in the
Lewis & Clark journal as a clear landmark to the sea which is 150 miles away. The Native Americans called this
rock Che-che-op-tin, the naval of the world. There are a variety of rock climb challenges on the South
side. The rock may be hiked without rock climbing as there is a trail with a railing on
its edge, but be in good shape and be careful as it is a 15% grade most of the
way. It was originally the core of an extinct
volcano. It is the second largest rock in the world after only the rock of
Gibraltar. Once on top of the rock, the view of the Columbia River and the
gorge is breathtaking. It is a quiet and yet exhilarating, experience to
stand atop the monolith with the ever-present Columbia winds sweeping around
Here is a map of the River showing feeding rivers and
photos of different areas.
More info, including a
map. Note: this photo was taken from the picnic area at Beacon Hill State Park.
| Where: Take I-90 West to Ritzville and then take 395 south
to the Tri-cities. Continue on 395/82 to near the Columbia River and then take 14 on the
Washington side. About 20 miles after passing Hood River you will come to the park.