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Northhead Lighthouse Loop Trail

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Cape Disappointment State Park

Northhead Lighthouse Loop Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ilwaco, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 59 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


Parking and Restrooms

Fairly easy trail, muddy at parts, shaded throughout with beautiful view at the end. Bathrooms near lighthouse at the end

1 month ago

Nice little short Trail. Awesome views of the Lighthouse and Coast.

5 months ago

Quick and easy trail for a great view.

10 months ago

Perfect little trail for families. Short but nice, ocean views, lighthouse, a place to sit and take in the view and a little walk in the woods. We have done this hike many times with our toddlers and only once has part of the path been muddy. Check renovations though if you are hoping to get close to the lighthouse.

10 months ago

Shares a trailhead with bell’s overlook, which is a cool walk. Look for the watertower in the woods and check out the bunkers

11 months ago

Great views of Ocean and easy walk. Disappointed the lighthouse is under construction and not open to public.

off trail
washed out
Tue Jun 11 2019

Sat May 18 2019

short w views

Sat Apr 27 2019

Tue Apr 16 2019

Beautiful easy hike. At the beginning of hike the trail was a little muddy, but not too bad. A little overcast, and that made the experience all the more enchanting.

Wed Jan 30 2019

Not really hiking, but still a beautiful view.

Wed Dec 19 2018

Short and easy hike, but it's very pretty. :) One of my favorite parks in Washington.

Mon Aug 20 2018

Easy well worth the walk for lighthouse lovers.

Sat Aug 04 2018

Easy not moderate. Pretty view

Sat Jun 23 2018

Why is this rated moderate? Less than a mile and 100feet climb!

Thu Jun 21 2018

Easy hike with children ages 9 and older. Were able to do the lighthouse tour and visit the gift shop. Very enjoyable and would recommend!

Wed Feb 28 2018

Beautiful views and nice hike in combination with Bells View hike too!

Wed Jan 31 2018

Great area to explore!

Wed Oct 25 2017

Beautiful hike going up, and a nice view at the top. Unfortunately you cannot go inside, so that was a bummer. Still worth the climb, though.

Fri Jul 21 2017

Short hike lighthouse is currently under construction so no point in going if your looking to get a photo of it at this time

Thu May 25 2017

Gorgeous view on sunny days :)

Sat Feb 18 2017

Short trail to a cool lighthouse

Wed Aug 10 2016

Easy trail, Interesting Lighthouse, views of the Ocean and if you are lucky like we were Gray Whales just of the point

Sun Jan 26 2014

Beautiful, easy hike. Amazing views. Definitely family friendly.

Sun Apr 28 2013

This is a muddy and wonderful trail. A lot of it is in need of repair. If you are looking for a leisure, easy walk this is not it. Which is probably why I liked it so much. A lot of salamanders. My wife and I got soaked in April showers on this hike and loved every minute of it. Both ends of the trail are in great shape and there is evidence of a lot of trail work going on. In between though is a different story, the trail is tore up.

3 days ago

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