Cape Horn - Columbia Gorge, Washington State

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Hiker Reviews For The Cape Horn Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Jenny Rating: Date of Hike: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The first half of the hike was nice, and had great views along the way. I was kinda bummed that towards the end of the loop I had to walk across a LOT of rocks and i had 1 giant breed dog with me, a Newfy and my black lab. I would not recommend hiking this trail with dogs unless they are of a smaller breed. It hurt my feet in hiking boots and I hike a lot! Awesome views but for me not worth risking my dogs paws getting injured on the rocks. I would say if you do the hike out and back and don't do a loop it would be better for dogs Also, there was almost no water on trail so need to bring water for dogs!

By: DeeperStill Rating: Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The 50+ Forever Young hikers club did this hike May 12, 2015.  It was a chilly and drizzly day.  However, it did not down pour like we expected it to do.  The trails were muddy and slippery in some spots with puddles on the trail.  Hiking boots are a must and trekking poles are very helpful.   The trails seemed to be maintained and the wild flowers were plentiful to see.  Once we reached the beautiful look out point, we ate our lunch before starting down.    Watch out for those slippery snails and slugs on the path!    As far as obstructions, I saw none except part of the trail was closed for the falcon nesting.    I say that his hike for me was a moderate level hike.  Some others in better shape would say its easy.   But a good time was had by all.  We were 29 in number.


By: NativeGorgeGirl Rating: Date of Hike: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I was not impressed with the Cape Horn trail made by the Friends of the Gorge association. The trail was over grown and poorly maintained. The trail was very rocky and hard to pass. Along with being very hazardous in some places. I wasn't interested in walking through a farmer's hay field, a power line access road, or a mile of pavement. What more can you expect from a hastily made illegal trail...

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, July 20, 2013
If you go to NW Hikers they tell you to start off west of the Cape for the opening to the trail...don't start there. The best place to start if you have not done this before would be at the park and ride east of the cape. There were 5 of us and at about the 2 1/2 mile downward we figured...oops, we have messed up. Like the women below said, there is a lot of shale and that part really sucked. Tennis/walking/running shoes are not for this hike. Hiking shoes are an absolute must. We did have a good time over all, we finally made it to the road at the very bottom of the cape (views from the cape lookout) we then had to walk up the road back to hwy 14 oh and did I mention that my car was parked on the WEST side of Cape Horn...haha. There was swearing and unflattering not so lady like etiquette. But we were determined and very thirsty at this point, having left our water in our car...remember this was only supposed to be an easy 3 mile hike...wrong! We made it and shall live to tell this story, this next Sat we will try again however we will park in the right location and stay away from crossing hwy 14 for everyones safety not just ours. There is hope that no swear words with breach our lips and water will be attached at the hips...our pictures were wonderful and you can really sing as loud as you want to when your lost in the woods. Just saying. Have fun be safe and park at the park and ride EAST of the cape to start.

By: Tumpi Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, September 29, 2012
The trail was moderate climb, very well marked, the views were fantastic. It took us 3 hours to do the entire loop. The lower part ( south of Hwy. 14 ) was a little difficult thru the rocks, but the waterfall was worth it. The paved road didn't feel too good on the feet, after all that walk thru the woods. Bottom line, this hike is gorgeous if you start in the upper trail. I will do it again in spring when is more water on the waterfall and I can admire the flowers. A little piece of Heaven.

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