Cape Horn Loop Trail

MODERATE 142 reviews

Cape Horn Loop Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Washougal, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.9 miles 1568 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This is a nice hike along the north shore of the Columbia River with great views This loop trail will bring you to a great viewpoint over the Columbia at about 1,200 feet then drop you down to the very edge of the river along fields of lava rocks and by basalt towers. You'll pass a waterfall on the way to the Cape Horn Road that will bring you back to the parking lot as well.

hiking
12 hours ago

Did this 1/22 with some snow and ice on the trail, highly recommend micro spikes. I had no problem with them. real nice views at the look out point with a snowy/foggy gorge! I do look forward to going back in the spring

23 days ago

Beautiful scenery and vistas - will comeback in summer. We went a bit later in day and last mile was in dark - luckily it was on road. We were alone most of hike.

1 month ago

Ended up on this trail after determining that the trail conditions at Hamilton Mt. were too difficult and the road was closed. There was a couple feet of wet snow on the trail and at times it was slippery, especially on the lower portion of the loop. I would not recommend doing this hike with kids or if you are afraid of heights (during the winter with snowy conditions) because there were times that we were in the edge of icy cliffs. The views were beautiful! I spend most my time closer to home and normally only hike in the Snoqualmie area so it was a nice change of pace for me.

hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

really nice trail. walked to the viewpoint from the upper trail. steady and gradual increase in elevation. spectacular view of the Gorge

2 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

A variety of scenes in this hike. Forest, fields, tunnels, rocky trails, and a mile road walk back to the park and ride. There are several viewpoints to look out over the gorge and a small waterfall near second viewpoint. Not too much elevation change, just a few short steep sections. Close to Portland and less crowded than closer in gorge hikes on the OR side.

hiking
3 months ago

There are some nice vistas of the gorge but it's not anything spectacular. Plus the section you have to walk on the road really put a damper on it for me. But the parking area is huge and the gorge is always a sight to see.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

This hike was great for mileage and a steady incline/climb, but the trail signs are a bit confusing. Started with the upper trail that included some great viewpoints, but the signs along the trail were a bit weird. It would be marked as "viewpoint" and "horses" and you're not certain which trail leads you where, but as we discovered, it leads to one trail eventually. The "viewpoint" leads to the nice views and "horses" meant the horse trail i assumed, but was just the main trail itself, which wasnt maintained too well. The weirdest part is when the upper trail ends and you start the lower trail. Its divided by a paved crosswalk that you have to cross to continue with your hike. It opens up into a beautiful field but its just a bit random. The lower trail was interesting and a bit strenuous. It includes a waterfall, a footbridge, and tough switchbacks that were rocky and a steep decline. A tough ending trek for sure and includes a 1.25 mile paved road hike back to the beginning of the trailhead. Views were great, but didnt expect to have a hike with so many varying terrains. Not a bad thing, but this looped hike needs some more signage.

4 months ago

great hikke

4 months ago

Least favorite gorge hike so far. Not well kept. While loop includes over a half mile of paved road. Creepy shed too. While there was some scenic areas, you can drive 20minutes longer for some spectacular hikes, that's what I'd recommend.

5 months ago

The upper part is beautiful! The lower not so much!

5 months ago

Very pretty, green and lots to look at. I really enjoyed this hike.