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“Tough hike but totally worth it!”

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Ilwaco
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

When you see the sign in the parking area that says it's a half mile hike and it's difficult, believe it. You'll start thinking, "this isn't so bad!". And then you'll start heading downhill and wonder if you read the sign right. You did...the end of the downhill part leads you to an overlook of Dead Man's Cove. A beautiful little hidden beach that is unfortunately owned by the US government...lol. Along the way you'll also see the coast guard station.
After Dead Man's cove, you'll round a corner and find yourself on a paved roadway...headed straight up. It's a Coast Guard service road so watch for vehicles coming and going. It seems like a long, long uphill climb (especially of you're not in great shape!)...and it is. But I promise, it's worth it!
The views from the top are just beautiful! It seems like you can see forever (on a clear day, which lucky for us the clouds burned off just as we got to the top!). And if you're not into nature, there might be a couple good looking Coast Guard guys manning the lighthouse station. ;)
On a side note, from below at the west end of the North Jetty, I was treated to seeing some sea lions diving and poking their heads up in the bay. I was like a little girl, giddy about seeing them!
Be prepared with some water for the hike to the lighthouse and don't forget the camera!

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Another place to add to your list of those with wacky names: Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, WA! Beautiful lighthouse, but apparently a disappointment to explorers looking for a reprieve from the elements.

Thank ORtravelingfam
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Reviewed 3 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the lighthouse for a special birthday / family gathering. It was a 3 bdrm 1ba home that had AMAZING views of the Pacific Ocean.! Although it was $350nt we highly recommend this to anyone who has an affinity for Lighthouses.

Thank Seattle-Black
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

This is one of 2 lighthouses in what, it turns out, is a giant park.
You have to hike to the actual lighthouse, but it's easy and pretty and rambles past relics of old Forts. You can see the lighthouse and everything from the Interpretive Center as well.

Thank Lainie M
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We really enjoyed the short walk through a Pacific NW coastal forest to the lighthouse. The views of the mouth of the Columbia and the coast were gorgeous.

Thank MountainVistas
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