Explore Fort Canby and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

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Within a mile stretch you are exposed to a ton of history and natural beauty: Fort Canby, Deadman's Cove and Cape Disappointment lighthouse.

Cape Disappointment State Park is nearly 2,000 acres of old growth temperate forest located at the mouth of the Columbia River that contains lakes, coves, two lighthouses, and military forts. One of the forts and lighthouses is Fort Canby and Cape Disappointment lighthouse, which date back to the Civil War Era.

The out and back hike ends at the lighthouse and along the way you'll come across Fort Canby, which you can explore for free, Lewis and Clarke Interpretive Center, and Deadman's Cove. The Interpretive Center is perched right on the Pacific Ocean with amazing viewpoints of the ocean and cliffs below.

This short hike is rich with maritime, military and Native American history...not to be missed.

If you want to make this an adventure an overnight, check out Camp at Cape Disappointment.

Distance

1.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

500 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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GORGEOUS!

Dead Man's Cove is an absolute must for anyone visiting the coast, it feels like you're the only one who has ever found it.

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