Embark on a Breathtaking Journey at the Cape Horn Trail

When we think of the Columbia River Gorge, one of the first things that comes to mind is the breathtaking landscape nature has created here. When you stay at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins, you have to take advantage of our gorgeous location. With so many hiking paths to choose from, it’s hard to decide which to embark on next. One of our favorites is the Cape Horn Trail. Here, you’ll find awe-inspiring scenic overlooks with views of the Gorge. You won’t want to miss it!

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When Can I Visit the Cape Horn Trail?

The lower section of the Cape Horn Trail is open from July 15 to January 31 during the day. From February 1 to July 15, this part of the trail is closed for peregrine falcon nesting, so you won’t want to disturb them! However, the Nancy Russell Overlook portion of the trail is open year round. The entire loop is 7.1 miles, but you could always choose to hike a shorter distance and then turn around. There is no admission charge to the trail, but the creators hope the users will be respectful to the property to keep the trail open for years to come!

What You’ll Find at the Cape Horn Trail

The Cape Horn Trail is absolutely breathtaking at any time of year. During the spring and summer, wildflowers line the paths with vibrant colors. As fall arrives, the leaves begin to change on the towering trees to shades of red and yellow as if the treetops are ablaze. As you hike, you’ll be surrounded by dense forest broken up by gorgeous scenic overlooks such as Pioneer Point and the Nancy Russell Overlook. Here, you’ll see sweeping views of the Gorge. As you travel through, keep an eye out for beautiful sights such as waterfalls and wildlife.

Tips for Traveling the Cape Horn Trail

The Cape Horn Trail would not have been possible without the help of Nancy Russell. Russell took out a bank loan in her own name to purchase this gorgeous land that would have otherwise been turned into a subdivision. With years of hard work, it has been turned into the gorgeous pathways we know and love today. There is no admission fee, but there is a sense of pride to these trails to keep them litter-free and respected. The paths are well-marked and there are a few waterproof boxes with maps throughout. Dogs are allowed on the trails as long as they are leashed, but the many steep cliffs can make it dangerous for them. While it is a great hike year round, make sure to wear proper gear and keep an eye on the weather in case of slippery trails!

After Hiking the Cape Horn Trail

After hiking the Cape Horn Trail, come back and relax at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins! Rejuvenate after your day of exploring in our Jacuzzi tubs and comfy king size beds. Choose your perfect cabin, then start planning your trip! Exploration awaits in the Columbia River Gorge; book your stay today.