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Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

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Address: Fort Canby State Park, Ilwaco, WA
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Worth The Hike

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.

Reviewed 23 September 2016
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Danville, Pennsylvania
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Danville, Pennsylvania
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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 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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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Reviewed 12 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.

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East Wenatchee, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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/

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Phoenix, Arizona
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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

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Portland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

The short hike was nice enough and the small inlet beach we found along the way was amazing. When we reached the top, the views from the lighthouse were really spectacular and clear. We could see sea lions playing in the ocean far below and the horizon to the west. Well worth the short hike and parking fees.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

Remember it is the Ocean, so if Rain or fog is predicted, don't go, you can't see a thing. Also a tight parking lot with limited parking and no motor home access. We will go again but choose better weather and bike or hike to it. For the quick visit is is not worth having to pay the State Discovery... More 

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Fremont, California
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

We had a very nice day to see Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. The lighthouse is used to monitor shipping and boat traffic on the often challenging Columbia River. It was the first lighthouse in the Pacific Northwest. It was first lit on October 15, 1856.

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Washington
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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

I've seen the pictures so I know it's beautiful but unfortunately the fog can be unpredictable and kept the awesome views hidden all day. It's a nice little challenging walk to get to the lighthouse but certainly worth the effort.

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