North Head Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

North Head Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ilwaco, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

6.5 miles 1141 feet Out & Back



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Variety of trails around North Head. Highlights include old fort, lighthouse, and coastal forest. This is a nice hike through coastal forest. The Lewis & Clark Expedition came through here looking for a place to build camp for winter, before they ultimatly crossed back over the Columbia near Astoria. There are a few signs along the way detailing their journey. You also get to see North Head Lighthouse, and if you pay $2.50 you can go inside. I really enjoyed exploring the McKenzie Head World War II bunker, where they had stationed guns to guard the mouth of the Columbia River. Bring a flashlight to explore all the rooms and corridors.