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Cape Horn Loop Trail

MODERATE 557 reviews

Cape Horn Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Washougal, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,587 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

partially paved

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.

hiking
over grown
4 days ago

Pretty hike, gorgeous views, and wildflowers. I couldn’t see any horse and also be aware that part of the trail is close due to peregrine falcon nesting. It will be closed until July 15th.

hiking
21 days ago

The viewpoints were excellent and definitely worth the incline (we started on the upper loop). Part of the lower loop is closed still for falcon breeding so we turned around at the second view point just another 100 feet up from the first (1.5 miles from start). Definitely recommend and we'll be back when the whole loop opens to see the waterfalls!

1 month ago

Full loop is closed until July 15th. viewpoint at top is worth the incline.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

1 month ago

this trail is great excercise and lovely views at the top. first time in march there was snow so i couldnt continue and second time it started pouring and i wasnt prepared. next time i plan to finish the whole trail. but the trail was well maintained and easy to climb

The lower part of the loop is closed until July 16th, so we just did the out & back. great wildflowers & views

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

What a gorgeous trail!! It’s a nice climb from the start up to the viewpoint, which is where I turned around. The wildflowers are blooming and everything is green and growing. Very populated; go early or late! (Round trip 2.8 miles)

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Muddy in a few sections, but not too bad. Great views as always!

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely wildflowers and views! Was partially closed due to peregrine falcon nesting.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail portion is closed right now so it is an out and back trail at the moment

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, but just a little farther on Highway 14 and you can hike the even more scenic Hamilton Mountain at Beacon Rock State Park. I like this one (& you don’t pay to park-bonus) for peacefulness, and there are some great viewpoints of the gorge along the way, but there is a lot of other foot traffic which can be cumbersome.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful but narrow and steep trail. The lookout points are gorgeous! We'll definitely come back.

hiking
2 months ago

Love this hike , my favorite in the gorge. Sooooo many epic views , a nice amount of vert and just beautiful !

over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Trail run! I would call this more than moderate especially on the lower trail. the lava rock area isn't easy to navigate quickly. the path has slide areas of large loose rocks. There are lots of steep areas and few large steps in areas. The trail ended at a road.turn left and jog up the road, you reconnect as you see hwy 14 (just over a mile) and take trail under the road.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice walking trail. Not too muddy. It is wide enough to allow 2 people to walk side by side most of the time. At this time the lower part of the loop is closed for falcon breeding. The trail is open to the viewing point which is 2.5 miles from the trailhead and instead of completing the loop, the same route is used to hike back.

hiking
3 months ago

Half of this is closed for falcon breeding, but I hiked it anyways because I’m pro falcon. Pretty trail, changing landscape, way better than I expected.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Moderate switchbacks on the way up to the lookout point. Trail is wide enough to acoomodate side by side hiking in areas. Once past the look out area, the trail winds back down ner private property. Hiking up 1.5 miles and then back makes for a nice hike with views.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Incredible hike with beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge. Lots of variation throughout the trail (upper half). I have not yet experienced the lower portion of the loop due to it being closed to protect mating flacons. From February to mid-July the trail is an in and out rather than a loop. If doing the upper portion until the stopping point you can make it to the wind blown fir overlook. Cons of this trail are related to the snowy weather. The trail is either snowy, muddy, or icy for most of the way. I see it as a fun challenge but something to note for others.

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite trails.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Super muddy in spots & lots of snow up top still. Icy in some places. Trekking pools highly recommended. It was a gorgeous 1st day of March

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

great trail and beautiful views. fun hiking in the snow and seeing the animal tracks. will be back in the summer when the full trial is open.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Went 2/1/19, I knew part of the trail was closed so I hiked to the waterfall and then went back the way I came. The lower portion of the trail was very muddy and slippery in some spots! Definitely an easy moderate. I thought the trail signage could have been better.

hiking
5 months ago

Did a 7.52 loop...in September, got two bee stings. Parts of the trail are narrow and are overgrown. If you make it to the waterfall after your 7miles or so it is pretty amazing to cool down. The rock trail is a trek but still really beautiful!

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Took the upper trail for the full 7.4 miles - don’t underestimate the strength of the wind once you get along the river - easy to get blown over if you get too close & aren’t careful. Unexpected scramble on the way back (fun though) with a cool waterfall blown by the wind. Last 1.5 miles is paved road and uphill. Loved it and can’t wait to do it again!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! We did this with our dogs in about 4 hours including photo and rest stops. One part was pretty muddy and there is a rock slide area so wear some good shoes. Great overall trail for a moderate day hike even though the last 1.5 mile is road. Definitely hiking this again soon!

hiking
6 months ago

This was a great hike. It was very windy but nice and sunny!

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