3 miles round trip
870 feet elevation gain
Open all year
Moderate (to waterfalls)
1300 feet elevation gain
Open July 16 to January 31
This spectacular trail explores Cape Horn, a landmark bluff towering above the Columbia River on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. For an easy hike, climb to a clifftop viewpoint with wildflowers. A grander loop that passes waterfalls and a train tunnel is closed from February 1 to July 15 to protect the peregrine falcons that nest on riverside cliffs.
The Columbia Land Trust, another local non-profit group, secured rights-of-way to make Cape Horn’s loop trail possible. Volunteers hacked out the original tread. The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area has since improved the trail and built pedestrian tunnels for highway crossings.
Pedestrian underpass on the Cape Horn trail at Highway 14.
To drive here from Vancouver ...