Cape Horn Trail

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Thu, Nov 14, 2013


Columbia River Gorge from Cape Horn

Volunteers continue work on an extensive reroute that will allow restoration of the current route that crosses an open talus slope (sensitive habitat).

PROJECT: The crew will be working on building a reroute, specific tasks include lopping, digging tread and removing roots. HIKE TO PROJECT SITE: The total roundtrip distance for the day is about 3 miles, but the terrain is fairly steep with many switchbacks.

The Cape Horn Trail makes a 7 mile loop hike that showcases the Gorge's incredible scenery. Originally pioneered by hiking enthusiasts, the trail was not sanctioned by the Forest Service until 2010. Since then the Cape Horn Conservancy and WTA have worked closely with the Forest Service to reconstruct the trail in accordance with the Forest Service plan and sustainable trail best practices. Nearly all of the materials and labor that have gone into redeveloping the trail have come from private individual donors plus grants from the National Forest Foundation.

Driving directions:
ALTERNATE "TRAILHEAD": Rather than meeting at the official trailhead, meet at a wide shoulder "pull-out" on the right side, just before the hwy rounds Cape Horn. ---- From Vancouver: Take Hwy 14 East through Camas and continue thru Washougal. Once you leave the developed area near Washougal and enter the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, continue east approx. 5 miles. You will pass the jct with Belle Center Rd. on your left. From there continue about 1 mile to the gravel pull-out that will be on the right, it is at mile post 24.5. Please Drive Safely! It is about 30-45 min. from Downtown Vancouver. ----- If you are coming from the eastern Gorge, follow hwy 14 past Beacon Rock State Park for about 10 miles. You'll pass the official trailhead at the jct of Salmon Falls Rd and continue around Cape Horn, look for the wide shoulder on your left, if you go past the jct with Belle Center Rd, then you've gone too far. Total time from Bridge of the Gods: about 30 minutes.


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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