hike: Cape Horn
Cape Horn is located on the Columbia River near the town of Washougal – and offers outstanding views of the Columbia River from the trails.
Note: The full loop hike is only open from July 16 to January 31 each year. The upper section is open all year, but the lower section is closed from February to July 15 for peregrine falcon habitat.
distance: 7.4 miles (out and back)
elevation gain: 1,230 ft.
best season: fall, winter, spring
drive time from Portland: 45 minutes
parking pass: none
hike description: OregonHikers.org
We did this loop hike on a cold and windy day, starting on the upper section to the Nancy Russell overlook for a quick lunch. The rock walls provided a nice windbreak. We continued to the lower section, crossing under Highway 14 via a tunnel. The trail switchbacks down quite a few times, with numerous side trails to viewpoints. Every one is worth a visit! The trail is a bit rough in places, and it’s exposed with cliff-side drop offs in a few places. We crossed a large talus slope and continued to the last segment of trail before it reaches a road. The last 1.5 miles are on a road and then there’s a short side trail that leads to another tunnel under Highway 14 and back to the trailhead.