Whether it's the sweeping sights of mountains, active volcanoes or the bluest glacial waters, people in the Evergreen State live for the views, and for good reason. If you'd like to see them all on one easy hike in Washington, the Beacon Rock Trail is the perfect getaway. It'll even take you up an ancient volcano!\nLocated in Stevenson, this 1.1-mile moderate hike will have you ascend an 848-foot lava core. You'll need a $10/day Washington Discovery Pass to stop by the Beacon Rock State Park where the monolith is located.\nMassive floods over thousands of years ate away the volcano, leaving behind the solid lava that you can climb today. While the U.S. Army Corps planned to destroy it, Henry Biddle got the deal of a lifetime when he bought it for $1!\nHe even built a system of trails to get up to take in the insane views Washington has to offer.\nThe dizzying trail through massive trees will take you up 17 impressive bridges and 54 switchbacks carved into the rock. They even have handrails with plenty of spots to relax.\nOnce at the top, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge.\nView this post on Instagram Columbia River Gorge from Beacon Rock, WA. #pacificnorthwest #beaconrock #oregon #washington @bryanwernery A post shared by Jeremy Cook (@jcook01) on Dec 30, 2019 at 9:57am PST\nDon't forget to grab your binoculars because you can also get stunning sights of the gushing Bonneville Dam, Elowah Falls, and Dog Mountain from up here too.\nOpen year-round, you'll see adrenaline junkies climbing up rocks or people riding through the trails on horses in summers.\nWhile it looks truly spectacular (and blue) in warmer months, a little fog during colder climbs brings with it crazy photo ops — you'll feel like you're among the clouds.\nView this post on Instagram I love living on the beach but I do miss hiking the Columbia River Gorge. A post shared by Julie (@jewwrryy) on Nov 24, 2019 at 12:42pm PST\nThe elevation can make it cold and windy, so make sure you bundle up and wear shoes with good traction.\nIf you're looking for things to do nearby, the state has its very own Stonehenge surrounded by vineyards and orchards that's only an hour's drive away.\nAfter a long, adventure-filled day, you can even wind down at this magical Hobbit house with views of the Gorge.\nView this post on Instagram //mountains aren't funny, they're hill areas// Really starting to countdown - one month till I marry my best friend 😍 #almostdiedgettingdown #hamiltonmountain #hiking #oregon A post shared by Rebecca Ciurdar (@rebeccaciurdar) on May 10, 2018 at 1:58pm PDT\nBeacon Rock Trail\nDifficulty: Moderate\nLength: Approximately 1.1-miles roundtrip\nAddress: 34841 WA-14, Stevenson, WA\nWhy You Should Go: This short hike will give you the most gorgeous views of the Columbia River Gorge plus you can hike up an actual volcano core!\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.