Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Cape Disappointment State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

muddy
2 days ago

Lovely little leg-burner. A little mud in the beginning, but the rest of the trail is paved & bicycle/ADA friendly.

The trail is pretty quick & easy. We had zero issues getting to Deadman’s Cove - there were NO signs anywhere saying you couldn’t be there so I’m not quite sure why some of the reviews say you’ll be fined for being down there. Either way, gorgeous views.

It’s a nice trail, but it’s a lot of ups and downs, it’s best to start from the history center there is an old fort and it still offers beautiful views. But the lighthouse was amazing! Just wear shoes with good traction because it’s muddy and with the inclines and declines it can get slippery. Honestly though it’s a must do!

short hike but lots of elevation change. great views from the lighthouse.

Perfect little trail for families. Short but nice, ocean views, lighthouse, a place to sit and take in the view and a little walk in the woods. We have done this hike many times with our toddlers and only once has part of the path been muddy. Check renovations though if you are hoping to get close to the lighthouse.

Nice walk to the lighthouse. Slight hill climb but paved. Great for kids but toddlers may want to be carried part way. Lighthouse at the end has great views and some seating. Trail is partly in the woods and partly paved. Enjoyable and worth exploring. For the $10/day pass though I would suggest doing more than just this one hike.

Easy and good with young kiddos. You get to explore the fort, see some great views and walk next to the interpretive center. Easy and enjoyable. More of a history walk than a hike but fun all the same.

Shares a trailhead with bell’s overlook, which is a cool walk. Look for the watertower in the woods and check out the bunkers

Excellent mountain bike trail thoroughly enjoyed! The north head is not rated for mountain bikes though. Have to go back and hike it!

Nice quick little trail. Decent view of Deadman’s Hollow, but that part of the trail is closed. We saw lots of wildlife (birds, chipmunks, a deer), so that was a plus.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best trails I’ve done in a while! Great up and down throughout, with nice places to break and enjoy the view. Pro Tip - start at the bottom and go up - makes the return journey much more welcoming and mostly downhill, plus there is legit parking at the bottom. The $10 parking fee goes to the good cause of keeping the park and trails very well maintained. I’ll definitely come back and do this one again!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail. Informative Lewis and Clark exhibit. Great Pacific Ocean views

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over grown
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Partial recording. Forgot to press start button.

hiking
3 months ago

Stunning Pacific Ocean views and Lighthouse history

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private property
3 months ago

*Discovery Pass required* •Deadman’s Cove - closed• The trail is best started from the parking lot for the interpretive center. The old Fort can be walked through with some history boards posted throughout. This trail is dirt pathway and strolls down toward the water. It transitions to pavement at the back gate of the US Coast Guard area and Deadman’s Cove. Deadman’s Cove is posted “US Gov. property no trespassing” and closed off to public. The trail ends at the USCG lighthouse, which is a post position and staffed. GREAT view point on a clear day of Oregon (to the South East), Deadman’s Cove (just below and to the north), Waikiki Beach (North West), and the Jetty.

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closed
private property
washed out
3 months ago

*Discovery Pass required* •Deadman’s Cove - closed (US gov property and trespassers will be charged• The north loop has some erosion to the section that goes to a lookout, signs are posted about hazardous trail conditions, with a cliff on one side and soft dirt being only held together with tree roots. Other wise the trail is a thin pathway with a semi-steep start (100ft gain). The south section is best started from the parking lot for the interpretive center. The old Fort can be walked through with some history boards posted throughout. This trail is dirt pathway and strolls down toward the water. It transitions to pavement at the back gate of the US Coast Guard area and Deadman’s Cove. Deadman’s Cove is now US Gov. property and closed off to public. A few guards were there to monitor the area and detain/ arrest/ collect those who jumped the barriers to attempt to go on the beach. The trail ends at the USCG lighthouse, which is a post position and staffed. GREAT view point on a clear day of Oregon (to the South East), Deadman’s Cove (just below and to the north), Waikiki Beach (North West), and the Jetty.

*Discover Pass required* Short looping trail around the old fort and interpretive center. The fort has history boards posted inside. Great views from the edge of the walkway in-front of the interpretive center.

Steep in some spots but very easy. I took my 8 year old with me and we had a blast.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views of Ocean and easy walk. Disappointed the lighthouse is under construction and not open to public.

this was an absolutely amazing hike. however I would not classify this as "easy". there are several steeper inclines and times where the path was narrow ( literally putting one foot in front of another). it was worth it, just be prepared and wear proper shoes. we saw a few folks with flip flops on.

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bugs
over grown
5 months ago

just a warning - plan for mosquitoes. Very quiet trail, pretty overgrown in places but that was actually kind of cool, felt a lot more remote than it is. Amazing bird diversity!

Short and easy but great scenery. Misty fog blanketed the cape and the salmon berries were abundant.

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off trail
washed out
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful views.

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