Explore Fort Canby and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

Cape Disappointment, Ilwaco, Washington, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    500 Feet

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic

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.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Wind jacket
  • Discovery pass ($10/day or $30/annual at the machine in the parking lot)
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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.

11 months ago
11 months ago

Sarah Horn Storyteller

Out there getting wind blown, shaking out the fear and tripping around trails.

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