Cape Disappointment Trail - Washington State Park Hike
Cape Disappointment Trail-Washington State Park Hike!!
Angora Hiking Club members will meet at 9AM, Saturday, May19, at the River View Platform parking lot between 6th and 7th streets, on Marine Drive in Astoria. (across from McDonald's) Those not wanting to 'carpool' can meet at 9:30 AM in the lower parking lot of the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washington, Saturday, May 19th. The trail to the lighthouse is rated difficult, approximately ¾ miles in length, one way, round trip to the lighthouse and back,1.5 miles. The trail varies in elevation gain and loss, with a steep, uphill climb of 200 feet for the last quarter mile to the lighthouse. Sturdy footwear, like hiking boots, are strongly advised. Participants should plan on the hike lasting approximately two hours.
The hike will be lead by Stephen Wood, Washington State Parks Interpretive Specialist2, at Cape Disappointment State Park, on the Long Beach Peninsula, Washington. (360.642.3029).
The trail crosses through a Sitka spruce forest and will offer ample opportunity for plant and flower identification as many species will be flourishing with vegetative growth at this time. Scenic viewpoints abound, with overlooks of Baker's Bay, USCG Station Cape Disappointment, and Dead Man's Cove. Of course, the 360 degree view one receives at the Cape Disappointment lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in the Pacific Northwest, is well worth the steep climb.
The trail offers insights into various cultural layers of Cape Disappointment. The Corps of Discovery, Lighthouse and Life-Saving Services, Fort Canby and the ever-present Pacific Graveyard. Photos will be shared that represent these facets, and provide participants with a greater sense of Cape Disappointment's place in the historical narrative of the United States.
Membership is NOT required to participate in our hikes. Angora's annual schedule of hikes and where they occur is available on our website, AngoraHikingClub.org.
Annual dues to Angora members is $10. For additional club information contact Bill Herold, Chief Guide, at (503) 468-0474, or BILLN692oc@gmail.com. Hike leader is Kathleen Hudson, (503) 861 2802. Please call by May 18 to confirm your attendance.