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Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

Fort Canby State Park, Ilwaco, WA
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Best viewed from the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Very hilly climb and the lighthouse isn't open. Views of the mouth of the Columbia River are very... read more

Reviewed yesterday
John G
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Nice place to visit

Been at this light house a couple of times. Have to walk up a short walk way to the light house... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cody, Wyoming
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Fort Canby State Park, Ilwaco, WA
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very hilly climb and the lighthouse isn't open. Views of the mouth of the Columbia River are very nice. Only plus for taking the hike is passing by Dead Man's Cove, which is spectacular. Views of the lighthouse from the Center are sufficient.

Thank John G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been at this light house a couple of times. Have to walk up a short walk way to the light house. Can walk around the light house and view the ocean.

Thank may2may
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the lighthouse that marks the north side of the Columbia River where it meets the Pacific. From the parking lot to the lighthouse is a little over a mile on (when I was there) a muddy and rough trail not okay for some...More

Thank jpora
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

There is a non paved trail, so if it has been raining ( haha ) it may be slippery or a few muddy patches, still easily manageable for any age and completely worth it, $10 day pass required but works all parks in the area

Thank Michelle R
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Attempted the trail on a rainy day. Got about halfway. After much slipping and sliding and the trail becoming uneven and warned that it was worse ahead we decided to abort the mission to do a previous injury. Discovered that there was a perfect view...More

Thank Dawnelle B
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Was beautiful watching the waves come in. Would like to go back when the weather is better, but so worth even in the rain! :)

Thank T F
Reviewed 27 March 2017

It is a bit of a walk .6 miles I believe up to the lighthouse. Part of the trail is winding and a little mudddy on a rainy day. But what lighthouse isn't worth a walk on a muddy trail. Oregon/Washington Coastal areas are raincoat...More

Thank Lanamamaomaha
Reviewed 20 March 2017

It is a short flat family friendly hike to this historic lighthouse that is being renovated. What a stunning view and a reminder our place in nature. It's easy to imagine the history of the area and what lighthouse work was like in the early...More

Thank 4oystercatcher
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This is such a beautiful area, the hike was very scenic and our family really enjoyed seeing the lighthouse!

Thank Sunshinegirls3
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

A beautiful lighthouse still in use. You can only view it from the outside as the Coast Guard still uses the building to monitor shipping entering the Columbia River. You can hike from the Interpretative center or drive around and park closer

Thank MarineAir10
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karen p
Can you use a golden age pass in place of discovery pass?
5 July 2015|
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Response from Brian B | Reviewed this property |
I'm not positive but I'm quite sure you have to have a DP.