The grassy bench here is a great picnic spot and perch for gazing at the river traffic and bird and sea lion watching. Behind the lighthouse, partly concealed by blackberries are the remains of a house and the small prefab lighthouse keeper's dwelling, now fenced off and gated.
You can stroll up the lovely beach as far as a concrete platform, and then walk into the cottonwoods on a road bed to reach a junction. Go right here for just over a quarter of a mile to reach Warrior Point , the northernmost tip of Sauvie Island.
Get a view of pilings and the dock at St. Helens across the slough. On a clear day, look north to the truncated summit of Mount Saint Helens.
A couple of brushy overgrown vehicle tracks can be found leading off here, but you will need to return along the road bed the way you came. Page Discussion View source History.
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Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Cross the road and follow a footpath left until you reach a wide gravel path. The overlook is a wonderful lunch spot with stone seating and spectacular gorge views. If you want to continue on the loop, follow the trail markers and descend 1. Continue to follow the trail, taking short spurs to two lovely stone overlooks with expansive views.
If the peregrine falcon closure is in effect, the trail will be closed just beyond Oak View Overlook.
Assuming the route is open, continue west and switchback downhill. The trail now veers east with occasional river views and a stunning view of Cigar Rock, pillars of basalt rising above the river. The trail climbs and falls in roller coaster fashion, through two moss-covered talus slopes, eventually arriving at a bridge in front of Cape Horn Falls.
Sections of this part of the trail are narrow, steep and rocky so exercise caution. Hiking poles will be handy. Continue to the east.
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The trail pops out of the woods at paved Cape Horn Road. Walk 1. Turn left at the trail sign.
Use the new pedestrian underpass under Highway 14 to avoid crossing the busy road. The top of Cape Horn was originally planned as a subdivision in the s. The U. Forest Service then bought the land from TPL. The Columbia Land Trust purchased two properties in , and with a U. Forest Service purchase, a loop was created by trail enthusiasts, making the area accessible to the public.