Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ilwaco, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
226 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was constructed in 1856 to warn seamen of the treacherous river bar known by then as the graveyard of the Pacific. This is the oldest functioning lighthouse on the West Coast.

walking
14 days ago

the views at the end were good, but half the hike was paved and it was a little upsetting

hiking
20 days ago

Perfect hike! Great views! Single file trail most of the way.

1 month ago

This is a decent walk with a lot of uphill & downhill, but it’s short enough that you won’t get too tired.

The hike goes past Deadmans Hollow, a beautiful narrow inlet with a small island and sandy beach. You may be tempted to go down there - and you certainly CAN - but there are a few prominent signs “US GOVERNMENT PRIVATE PROPERTY - NO TRESPASSING.”

We just took photos and selfies and lamented that - apparently - the “government” does not include American citizens.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Cape disappointment is a bit of a ... disappointment. You have to pay $10 to enter. The lighthouse is on a paved road. Beautiful views of the water and mountains. However, would not recommend this park.

walking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Be prepared for the smell in the summer but the views are spectacular and the interprative center is interesting

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beautiful lighthouse (in need of maintance) and interpretative center, highly recommended!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Hiked this trail many times. Not to long, but trail does climb towards end on paved road to lighthouse. On a clear day you can see Astoria. With field glasses you can see Seaside. Oldest Lighthouse in the state

hiking
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Beautiful trail, not too many people and don't miss dead man's cove! it like a little piece of paradise. It's for everyone but little kids I would say.

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fun trail to Cape Disappointment lighthouse.

hiking
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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

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hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016