Cape Horn Loop Trail

MODERATE 253 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
1538 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.

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13 days ago

It was a nice trail, and good views. Would rate 3.5 stars. Reason for not being 5 is that a lot of it was near the road and you could hear traffic; also still a lot of people on trail, which wasn’t a bad thing, just made for a less secluded / authentic experience. Def glad I did it but prob wouldn’t go rushing back - on the east side of moderate. Also the last 1.5 miles is just walking back along a road - that for me is what took away from rating it 5 stars. Still a good walk and nice views of the (now chard) Gorge.

17 days ago

Thank you to the group that made this possible!

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22 days ago

Did the entire loop. It ended up being 8 miles, not 6. I LOVED it!

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24 days ago

awesome hike!!

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24 days ago

Good moderate hike. Great variety if terrain. Great viewpoints. A small investment in signage would be appreciated! There is a part of the last section (or first!) in asphalt but short... lack of signage makes you think your off the trail!

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24 days ago

Met a group of volunteers from Cape Horn preservation society. Thank you for keeping the trail in good condition and well marked.
The first 4 miles in counter clock direction are suitable for trail running.
Variety of scenery and impressive views of Columbia River. Came across about 25 hikes on Saturday which does not make it very crowded. Some people brought their dogs who clearly enjoyed the trip.

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