Cape Horn Hike!
Cape Horn Hike is one of my favorite “off-the-radar” Portland hikes ~ even though it’s technically in Washington state. You’ll find it in guide books & lots of folks in Vancouver, WA know about it ~ but most of my Portland friends had never heard of it. Which I love. Every time I’ve hiked or run this trail, foot traffic has been light. Which means, if you really want to get out & enjoy the pristine wilderness: this trail is a delight. Though Cape Horn is in Washington, I still consider it a great Oregon hike, as it’s only 30 miles from downtown Portland. Active kids & dogs should do well on it, or if they get tired on the 7-mile loop, you can always turn back early. Gorge views are spectacular here ~ you’ll be looking across towards Angel’s Rest & Multnomah Falls.
Map Cape Horn Hike!
Directions to Cape Horn
Directions from Downtown Portland
Distance from Portland: 33 miles
- Take I-84 East until you reach I-205 North
- Take I-205 North toward Vancouver, WA
- After 5.7 miles, Veer Right at Exit 27 for WA-14
- Continue for 10 miles of WA-14 (Lewis & Clark Hwy)
- Turn left onto Salmon Falls Road
- Turn right onto Canyon Creek Road
- In 250 feet, Cape Horn Trailhead will be on your right
Cape Horn Hike Info
- Starting Point: Cape Horn Trailhead
- Total Hike Distance: 7.1 mile loop
- Hike Type: Loop
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Time: 3-4 hours
- Elevation Gain: 1,350 feet
- Pet-friendly: Yes
- Kid-friendly: Yes (active kids)
- Good for Trail-Running: Yes
- Crowded: Light to moderate
- All Seasons? Yes, but lower loop closed Feb. 1st – July 15th
- Best Time to Go: Anytime
Cape Horn Hike Photos
Other Hikes Nearby!
The Columbia River Gorge is FULL of amazing hikes ~ for a more complete list, click here. On the Washington side, where Cape Horn sits, there are fewer hiking options than on the Oregon side. But further down WA-14 is the beautiful Dog Mountain (my absolute favorite springtime hike), & heading back towards Washougal, there’s the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge to stop off at. If you want to stay the night in the area, you’re only about twenty minutes from the beautiful Skamania Lodge.