Cape Disappointment State Park Trails

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Trail Distance: 8 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 1190 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: $10
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
Cape Disappointment State Park is a dog-friendly park on a peninsula formed by the convergence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. The park features 8 miles of trails, some easy strolls, such as the Bells View Overlook Trail, and other longer and more challenging  like the North Head Trail. A couple of old lighthouses sit at the ends of trails, but it should be mentioned that pups are not permitted inside the buildings. 

Where the pooch is allowed inside, however, is in the old World War II bunkers that still sit along this section of the Pacific Coast and which are pawsome to explore. Some entrances are covered over with lush vegetation, and many of the rooms require a flashlight to see, but the historic impawtance of these structures make them fascinating. 

One of the most pupular trails is the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Trail, a 4-mile loop that features a climb of about 700 feet. Some short sections can be steep, but the majority of the trail is coastal forest, lakes, marshes, tidelands, views of a lovely cove and access to Waikiki Beach nearby. A few fresh water lakes can be viewed as well. Among other wildlife, bald eagles have been spotted here as they soar above.

A short, kid- and dog-friendly paved walk of only about .5 miles is the Bells View Overlook, which is decorated with furtastic wildflowers, magnifurcent views of the Pacific, and lush forest and undergrowth. Pawrfect for folks with strollers and wheelchairs, this is a grrreat trail for a short stroll with huge rewards.

A longer trail, the North Head, is over 6 miles, and has a 1190-foot elevation change for those who are more interested in a challenge. Boasting the North Head Lighthouse and more unbelievable ocean views is this trail's specialty. 

Picnic tables, campgrounds, restrooms with showers and other amenities can be found at Cape Disappointment, and make the experience more pleasant. Be sure to bring water for the trails, and clean-up bags.

Come over to Ilwaco with your fur-baby and find this park today!

Trail Features
Muddy, Steep Inclines, Beach, Forest, River, Wetland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The trails at Cape Disappointment State Park can be muddy in the wet seasons, and slippery during the winter. Please stay on the trails as marked to avoid mishaps.
Address
244 Robert Gray Drive SW
Ilwaco, WA 98624
Hours
Mon 6:30 AM - Sunset
Tue 6:30 AM - Sunset
Wed 6:30 AM - Sunset
Thu 6:30 AM - Sunset
Fri 6:30 AM - Sunset
Sat 6:30 AM - Sunset
Sun 6:30 AM - Sunset
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Address
244 Robert Gray Drive SW
Ilwaco, WA 98624
Hours
Mon 6:30 AM - Sunset
Tue 6:30 AM - Sunset
Wed 6:30 AM - Sunset
Thu 6:30 AM - Sunset
Fri 6:30 AM - Sunset
Sat 6:30 AM - Sunset
Sun 6:30 AM - Sunset