Cape Horn Loop Trail

MODERATE 329 reviews

Cape Horn Loop Trail is a 6.5 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.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1404 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

NOTE: The lower section of the trail is closed from February to July 15th for Falcon mating season. 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.

6 days ago

the views were good the hike was okay.

hiking
14 days ago

Not much to say about it. Overal it is a nice hike.

14 days ago

NOTE: lower portion is closed until July 2018 (I posted a pic of the map that shows where). Still a very pretty hike. Went on a weekend morning, and it got fairly crowded as the day went on. Go early in the AM if you want the trail more to yourself.

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike! My gps recorded this loop at a little more then 7.5 miles. Be sure to wear good shoes and bring water! The views are spectacular! Great hike in January and even better in the summer months.

27 days ago

Pretty views. Decent climb. Muddy!!! There is a part of the lower that is like a scramble. The last 1.3 miles is a road walk. It’s lame but there’s a couple waterfalls and some incredible viewpoints. Cliffs areas. 2 dogs have died here!

hiking
1 month ago

Great Loop, close to town!

1 month ago

Be prepared for some serious wind up there!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful hike with multiple waterfalls, breathtaking views of the gorge, and some challenging terrain. Today the top of the trail was very muddy. There is a long section on the lower trail that is very rocky. Next time I will bring trekking poles.

1 month ago

Love this hike! Must do the lower portion too

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike, but check wind before you go. Exposed areas make it very chilly. Bundle up!

1 month ago

excellent

2 months ago

Very well maintained trail, and had a decent time on the trail, but don't think I'd ever do it again. I liked the random farmland, that was honestly the neatest part.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike has been recommended to me several times and it was stunning. Beautiful in the winter but very very windy!! I was able to trail run the majority of it with my hyper pup - we will definitely be back! :-)

2 months ago

wind was crazy! the end of the "loop" ends on a road. head left, up the road, to meet back to the parking lot. walking in pavement for just under a mile.

2 months ago

Great morning for a hike , no views due to fog, but a great trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Up to the lookout and back the same way us a good quick hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike but it's getting muddy!! Enjoy it now before the season ends!

hiking
4 months ago

Windy! Trail is cool, except the last 1.5 miles is walking down a street.

trail running
4 months ago

Hiked/ran this a few weeks ago; very nice mix of ecosystems along the way (forest, grassland, farm, lava rock, etc) but truthfully I don't feel like the views at 3 miles in were any different or more spectacular than the views at 1 mile in. The first portion of this hike is a real butt kicker (we attempted to run it and totally gassed out).

The middle section is awesome for running, with lots of rollers and some scenic flats.

The end however is miserable, so much traversing over sharp and wiggly rocks and then you end up at a road, a long, steep road until you finally re-enter the trail for about half a mile before finishing.

We went early on a Sunday and had little trail traffic but by the time we finished the parking lot was full and cars were lining the road.

4 months ago

Beautiful!

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