Mar 27, 2024 - Things to Do

👀 Where's Joby, revealed

A person holds a dog on top of a mountain with views of a river gorge below.

Joby gets a much-needed hug from his dad (Meira's husband Julian) after climbing up Beacon Rock. Photo: Meira Gebel/Axios

Only two wrong answers this week, which means y'all sure know what the view from Beacon Rock looks like!

🌋 Zoom in: Beacon Rock is the core of a volcano that erupted 57,000 years ago. The outer, softer material washed away with the Ice Age floods, which carved out what we know as the Columbia River Gorge.

  • William Clark named it "Beaten Rock" on his voyage west with Meriwether Lewis in 1805 but changed it to "Beacon" on their return.
  • Today, Beacon Rock is one of the most popular state parks in the Gorge, with nearly 300,000 visitors a year.

If you go: Be ready to traverse 52 steep switchbacks with a 680-foot elevation gain over the course of 1.8 miles — a serious glute workout.

👏 Congrats to reader Jan E. for correctly identifying this iconic landmark! Guess you can call yourself a geologist now?

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