Cape Horn Trail (#4418)
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.)|
|Open Season:||July - February|
|Closest Towns:||Bingen, WA; White Salmon, WA; Hood River, OR|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, (541) 308-1700|
General InformationGeneral Notes:
Cape Horn Trail between Strunk Road and Overlook, and Cape Horn Overlook.
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
Moderate difficulty 6 mile loop trail. See waterfalls, classic Gorge views.
Alerts & Warnings
- Storm Advisory
- Effective Oct 20, 2022-2024: Eagle Creek Fire Closure
- Seasonal permits not currently required at Multnomah Falls
- Drones prohibited in wilderness and select recreation sites
- Klickitat Mile One Overnight Use & Large Boat Launch Prohibition
- Guard against car theft
- Check road and weather conditions