Cape Horn Loop

Portland, Oregon 97203

Cape Horn Loop

Cape Horn Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Hike the somewhat challenging Cape Horn Loop, close to the western end of the Columbia River Gorge, on the Washington (north) side of the river. Spectacular views of the gorge, including a close-up look at Cigar Rock jutting from the shoreline of the mighty Columbia River, and an excellent workout are more than ample reward for making this hike.

Some parts of this route, especially the portion heading back to the east (between 5 and 6.4 miles into the hike) are rough and rocky and have some exposure."

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Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Soak up stunning nonstop views of river, mountain, and valley from one of the most prominent landmarks in the Columbia gorge. Thanks to a new mostly volunteerbuilt loop trail you can now round Cape Horn—gingerly strolling along precipitous ledges, languidly lolling across hilltop pastures, weaving up and over oak-cloaked basalt cliffs, and frequently pausing to admire one of the finest natural landscapes in the american West." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press)
Paul Gerald
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"This trail has been sort of emerging for years: from off-limits private property to conservation struggle to informal trails to finally full-on U.S. Forest Service– approved design and maintenance. (You can get all the history at Now that it’s official, with tunnels under the highway and everything, it’s really two hikes put together: an upper section of 2.6 miles to viewpoints high above the river, and a lower section of about 4 miles that skirts the edge of cliffs just above the river and visits a waterfall—but is closed February 1–July 15 every year to protect nesting peregrine falcons." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 to 5 hours
Views, Wildflowers, Waterfalls
Cape Horn Conservancy,,
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Dec 2018