Cape Horn Loop Trail

MODERATE 218 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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12 days ago

This was a great hike with varied scenery and great views of the Columbia River. Lots of wildflowers too!

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12 days ago

This was a great hike with varied scenery and great views of the Columbia River. Lots of wildflowers too!

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17 days ago

This is not a great trail. I was all excited based on some other reviews that didn't mention that you can hear road noise for the entire second half (or more?) of the hike and the last 1.5 to 2 miles are on a black asphalt two-lane road (?!?) with almost zero shade.

There's a fair bit of rocky trail on the half closer to the river, so I'd recommend (if you must do this hike) to start with the 1.5 miles of road and then go UP the rocky bits rather than down (go clockwise). The viewpoints were nice stops, but the view is about the same at all of them, and none stood out as a pinnacle, midpoint, or grand finale. Most of the hike is a walk through the forest, which is always nice, but nothing about it stood out.

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18 days ago

Such a diverse landscape!! Went with my dog (off leash) and it was amazing. Hawks galore, views galore. My favorite Gorge hike by far!!

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25 days ago

Lots' of variety on this trail - everything from very easy and flat to brutally rocky. Reflective of a Camino de Santiago leg. Even some farm road and paved road hiking. Not sure why they close it for the birds a few weeks previous. All we saw was crows and smaller birds -probably some control issues for a birder nearby? Would be very muddy and slick in wet weather. I'd agree with other posts that it's probably longer than the stated 6.5. We went counter clockwise from the main trailhead and liked that - finish by walking up Cape Horn road for about 1+ miles. The waterfall felt great- the rocks are VERY slick underneath it. We hike quite a bit and it took us 3:40 to complete it with just briefs stops at viewpoints. I like Hamilton Mtn slightly better and Eagle Creek is still the winner for Gorge trails.

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25 days ago

Just one advice, put on some pants if you have sensitive skin. There are lots of thorns along the trail which will test your skin.

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27 days ago

This was a great hike with varied scenery and great views of the Columbia River. Lots of wildflowers too!

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27 days ago

This was a great hike with varied scenery and great views of the Columbia River. Lots of wildflowers too!

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30 days ago