Explore Fort Canby and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

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Added by Sarah Horn

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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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

500 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic

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Added by Sarah Horn

Currently working on ways to keep my toes from freezing and spending more time on the trail. Happy exploring!

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