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Cape Disappointment State Park (formerly Fort Canby State Park) is a 1,882-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean. The park offers two miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, an interpretive center and hiking trails. Visitors enjoy beachcombing and exploring the area's rich natural and cultural history. The nearby coastal towns of Ilwaco and Long Beach feature special events and festivals spring through fall.

Easy trail, Interesting Lighthouse, views of the Ocean and if you are lucky like we were Gray Whales just of the point

Trail up to the interpretive center that is worth visiting and views of the ocean

Part dirt, part paved trail to a viewpoint at the lighthouse overlooking the Columbia River. Watch for a trail going down to a beautiful beach at around the halfway point

Paved trail to a viewpoint and passes several world war II buildings and structures

My wife and I did this hike many moons ago. Would do it again. The excellent views and the lighthouse are the treat at the end.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Beautiful drive on both sides of the Columbia river.

3 months ago

Love it

4 months ago

It was awesome. I'll do it again....

It was a more challenging hike than expected. The view from McKinley Head is ho-hum. But there is a pretty cool old military battery there from a past day. Pretty neat to sneak back in history. The small hike by the Cape Disappointment lighthouse has a really cool beach area. Definitely worth it and the lighthouses are being restored!

1 year ago