Cape Horn Trail (#4418)


Cape Horn Trail Map

Cape Horn Trail (#4418) vicinity map.

Area Status: Open
Trail near Cape Horn Overlook

This strenuous trail is noted for its many scenic overlooks with classic views looking east up the Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy the six mile loop seasonally from July 16 to January 31 or take the trail 2 miles to access the Nancy Russell Cape Horn Overlook. Look for waterfalls, wildflowers and many species of birds. 

For additional trail information, map, and images visit Cape Horn Conservancy's website


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Seasonal closure on lower loop in effect Feb 1 to Jul 15 to protect peregrine falcon nesting habitat. (See closure area on posted signs.)
Fees: No fee
Open Season: July - February
Usage: Medium-Heavy
  • Day hiking only. No fires or camping at Cape Horn Overlook.
  • An annual peregrine falcon closure is in effect for lower portion of trail February 1 to July 15.
  • The 1.5-mile road section of this loop hike is on a county road. Please walk single-file and be aware of vehicles as there are blind corners. 
  • This is not a dog-friendly trail because of steep cliffs. Please keep your dog at home. 
Closest Towns: Bingen, WA; White Salmon, WA; Hood River, OR
Water: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, (541) 308-1700

General Information

General Notes:

Cape Horn Trail between Strunk Road and Overlook, and Cape Horn Overlook.

View north of the Rim Drive section of Cape Horn Trail between Strunk Road and the Overlook.   View of Cape Horn Overlook from the trail, overlooking the Columbia River


Skamania County Public Transit Park and Ride is operated by the county.

Lat and Long: 45.589368, -122.178807

From Washougal, WA, travel east on Washington State Highwway 14 approximately 8 miles to milepost 26.4, Salmon Falls Road.  Turn left (north) on Salmon Falls Road, then immediately right on Canyon Creek Road and park in the Park and Ride parking lot.  Take the trail across Salmon Falls Raod from the parking lot, and enjoy a scenic 2 mile hike to Cape Horn Overlook.

From Bingen/White Salmon, WA, travel west on Washington State Highway 14 approximately 26 miles to milepost 26.4, Salmon Falls Road. Turn right (north) on Salmon Falls Road, and follow the directions above.

Bus: View the Washington State 2015 Gorge Bus Transit schedule

Parking area:

Salmon Falls Park & Ride, across the road from the Cape Horn Trailhead.


Day Hiking

Moderate difficulty 6 mile loop trail.  See waterfalls, classic Gorge views.  

Status: Open
Fees: none

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