Hiking Beacon Rock with the Dogs


Mr. N loves peering down at things and walking on ledges. So needless to say, he loved our hike with Sage at Beacon Rock. 52 switchbacks! Meanwhile I was terrified that he was going to fall off a ledge and I’d have to fish him back up. This is definitely not a place to have your dogs off-leash.

Before the hike, we made a stop at the Stevenson Off Leash Dog Park because it was right next to the store where we bought our Discovery Pass (you’ll need this for the hike or they will ticket you). Sage found two balls.

And Mr. N took it away.

Then we headed to Beacon Rock which is the core of a volcano and 848 feet at the summit. It’s about a mile to the summit with all the switchbacks.

There’s a pretty good set(s) of handrails throughout the trail. Someone’s head fits through the railing.

Mr. N doesn’t approve of rest breaks while hiking.

He only wants to walk on the edge.

At the summit! He perched on a rock while we waited for Sage.

Both dogs wore their cooling vests. Mr. N probably would have been fine without his but Sage definitely needed hers.


Mr. N enjoyed the scenery. He especially likes peering down at water from up high.

A little bird dropped by to say hello.

As did this chipmunk. Mr. N didn’t see this one but we saw one on our way up and he was definitely thinking of jumping off the ledge for it. Because terriers have a double dose of prey drive and are utterly lacking in survival instincts.

You can see the little specks of fishing boats on the river.


The dogs bid adieu to Beacon Rock.




23 Responses

  1. SlimDoggy

    May 30, 2014 12:27 pm

    Wow, that looks like a great hike – you were up pretty high. I'm glad only your head fit through those rails! Thanks for joining the Hop.

  2. Janet Keefe

    May 30, 2014 7:48 pm

    What a beautiful place to hike…the views are spectacular! I'm a bit afraid of heights though and not sure I'd be able to handle some of those steep drop-offs! LOL
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  3. Beth

    May 30, 2014 8:31 pm

    Barley also likes to walk on the wild side! That dog will hop up on any rock she can find–even if it's high enough that she's not exactly sure how to get back down without my help. We constantly have to chat about not being dangerous. Luckily, she's also really good when I tell her to wait, so stairs and hills aren't nearly as scary as they could be with her adventurousness. I'm glad that you had such a beautiful hike!

  4. Hawkeye BrownDog

    May 30, 2014 9:00 pm

    Hi Y'all,

    I'll have to settle for your pictures…my Human has vertigo and won't even go near the edge of our yard at the mountain house. She even gets annoyed if my Human Papa or I go too close…and I love to stand on the edge and peer down over the ledge.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  5. Debbie Bailey

    September 27, 2017 6:26 am

    That’s a whole lot of switchbacks!! I love the views. Looks like a great hike. As much as I’m sure the handrails were helpful, and I know they’re for safety reasons and to make places like this more accessible, I always feel like it ruins the feel of the place. Obstructs the view, takes away from the natural beauty.. I guess it’s all a balancing act to help everyone safely enjoy a beautiful place. Glad the humans, Mr. N and Sage had a blast!


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