Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Beacon Rock trail reopened for hikers

SKAMANIA — The trail to the top of Beacon Rock has reopened following completion of repairs to a bridge damaged in a January rock slide.

The mile-long trail to the top of the rock is a popular day hike. On Jan. 25, falling rock damaged the beams of one of the bridges affixed to a cliff face.

Dan R. Dalton, Inc., of Usk, Wash., was hired to repair the steel beams. State parks staff repaired the wood decking and hand rails.

Mt. Hood Skibowl done for winter

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. — Winter operations at Mt. Hood Skibowl have closed for the season and the ski area will be converted into its adventure park format.

Sunday was Skibowl’s final day of winter operations. It opened Dec. 14.

The adventure park features a half-mile dual alpine slide and a chairlift-assisted mountain bike park with more than 40 miles of trails.

Safe boating class offered April 27

Registration is open for a boating safety class on April 27 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St., Room B-1.

Offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.

Boating safety, navigation rules and skills, equipment requirements and more are covered in the class.

In Washington, boaters younger than age 50 are required to have a boater safety card.

To register, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.

Two additional seminars will be offered by the U.S. Power Squadron at the same location on April 27.

A seminar on crossing the bar at river and estuary mouths will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $35.

A seminar on global positioning systems will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs $15.

To register, call 360-694-0434.