North Head Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ilwaco, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Variety of trails around North Head. Highlights include old fort, lighthouse, and coastal forest. This is a nice hike through coastal forest. The Lewis & Clark Expedition came through here looking for a place to build camp for winter, before they ultimatly crossed back over the Columbia near Astoria. There are a few signs along the way detailing their journey. You also get to see North Head Lighthouse, and if you pay $2.50 you can go inside. I really enjoyed exploring the McKenzie Head World War II bunker, where they had stationed guns to guard the mouth of the Columbia River. Bring a flashlight to explore all the rooms and corridors.

walking
5 months ago

This was an historical and a safe easy walk. We talked to a park ranger along the path and she gave us maps of nearby hikes that weren't on All Trails at all. I'll post to those as we do them. We took six year old and a12 year old and they made it just fine. At the end is a small bay where it's quiet and beautiful. A good place to have lunch. An enjoyable day. Remember... what you bring in, you bring out.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Awesome ww1 & ww2 bunkers

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

hiking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015