Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Loop Trail

EASY 60 reviews

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ilwaco, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 718 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Hike to an old lighthouse as well as a really nice Lewis & Clark Interpretive center. With beautiful views of the cape. Climb to the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast, explore bunkers of an old military fort, wander through coastal forests, and take in spectacular vistas, including breathtaking ocean views. The park has old-growth forest, lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, streams, ocean tidelands, and lots of watchable wildlife. Visit the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and swim at Waikiki Beach, the only swim-safe beach on the Peninsula.

hiking
9 days ago

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.

hiking
13 days ago

beautiful!

hiking
13 days ago

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

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful trail! Nice misty morning and easy traverse up and down the rolling hills. Bird-watching abounds.

1 month ago

do every summer and love it :)

hiking
1 month ago

Dry ground and easy to manage hike in sneakers. A beautiful cove, nice lighthouse, two bald eagles (one as close as 12’!), cool historical architecture all in an hour to hour and half. Would recommend! (Need discovery pass or purchase one in lot.)

2 months ago

Great park to explore. Love the cove and lighthouse.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun family hike. Beautiful views!

3 months ago

fun and easy little hike.

hiking
4 months ago

I loved this area- we went down to the beach and let our pup play! Such a fun place and lots of different trails to choose from. Trails were clear, I let my dog off leash and no one had an issue with it. She got to run and jump in the water! We had a great day :)

hiking
5 months ago

Fun hike to do with friends! Very scenic and a good leisure workout.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike with great views. Trail is in good shape. Saw two Bald Eagles!

hiking
11 months ago

Did 5.4 miles stitching together the different trails, with 1260 ft total gain. Nice rolling trails, good condition. I really liked the Coastal Forest Loop - old growth and beautiful views.

hiking
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Easy walk to share with your friends!

nature trips
Sunday, May 27, 2018

4 stars because it is a spectacular view. Super easy. I carried 2 Chihuahuas out and back. Fun hour exploring and seeing remnants of structures from the past being slowly erased by nature.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Beautiful! A little steep at one part and another 0.4 mile to the interpretive center. Don’t forget your water!

hiking
Monday, February 26, 2018

Fun hike to the lighthouse with husband and 9 year old son - highly recommend as a family outing.

hiking
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Super gorgeous winter day. Sun was out and made the views incredible. The trail was a little muddy in some places so make sure you’re prepared for that. We went down to the little beach area too! Again, muddy but worth it!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lovely area to explore for the whole family.

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cool trail that ends at a cool lighthouse

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Killer View of Columbia River

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
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