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Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

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Address: Fort Canby State Park, Ilwaco, WA

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A beautiful walk and incredible views

My wife and I walked up to the lighthouse on a crisp Saturday afternoon. There was some mud that had to be avoided, but otherwise the hike was moderate and very pleasant. The view... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Howell, New Jersey
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Howell, New Jersey
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I walked up to the lighthouse on a crisp Saturday afternoon. There was some mud that had to be avoided, but otherwise the hike was moderate and very pleasant. The view of the cove from the lighthouse area was spectacular. We also got to see the beginning of a sunset. So nice

Thank Uccman39
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

What a great hike it was it was not the easiest in the world but it wasn't that difficult it was well worth it I did get to see a A black tailed buch on the trail.had a great day.

Thank worldtravler83
Duvall, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We have been here a few times, and each time it seems to get better. The views are awesome, and it is a pretty easy walk around there. Perfect for people like me with a bad back!

Thank tom s
Palmer, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place to see. Lots of trails to hike, miles of beaches to comb. Definitely worth the visit. Hike to the lighthouse is a moderate half mile.

Thank brookshaines
Danville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

The views from the lighthouse and along the way are worth the ~10 minute hike from the lot. We liked the views of deadman's cove along the way.

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Dallas, Texas
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Lots of history to take in about this lighthouse. You can see two right here with the North Head Lighthouse close by.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

The walk to the lighthouse is not far, but it is steep. However, the views at the top make it all worthwhile! You can also sneak a peek at working Coast Guard post, with guardsmen on duty guiding ships into the river mouth. There is good signage explaining the difficulties of navigation as well.

Thank Wanderlust777
East Wenatchee, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This Lighthouse is accessible from the Cape Disappointment State Park. It's about a 3/4 mile hike on a combination of dirt and cement roadway winding through a beautiful foliage of trees, ferns, grasses, and flowers. There are parts of the trail (a good portion of the roadway) which are fairly steep in some parts. Great views for miles and miles... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

For those who love lighthouses, it's well worth the time to visit this one. The view from its grounds is worth the walk/

Thank RVing_Bikers
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Beautiful lighthouse, surrounded by a fantastic view and landscape. You do need a discovery pass to visit, which you can purchase at the park for $10

Thank Phoenix2-12

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