Fall is a favorite time for hikers to hit the trails to discover the fabulous fall colors of the Columbia River Gorge, near Portland, Oregon. The City of Stevenson, Washington recently published an awesome article about the wonderful Fall colors that hikers can experience from The Cape Horn Trail, in the Columbia River Gorge, that we wanted to share with you.
The Cape Horn Trail is one of the newest hiking trails in Skamania County, featuring gorgeous views, rocky crags, streams, two waterfalls and fabulous fall colors. The entire loop is made up of two segments separated by Highway 14. The upper trail climbs from the trailhead, reaching a 1,300-foot high point along Pioneer Ridge and at the Nancy Russell Viewpoint. Both offer outstanding views of trees changing color all the way down the gorge.
The trail then descends, passing beneath the highway just west of Cape Horn, a gorge landmark noted by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The lower section takes you down to bluffs that overlook the Columbia River and passes beneath a waterfall. This portion of the trail has an annual closure for peregrine falcon nesting, from February 1 through July 15. The seven-mile hike climbs 1,200 feet in elevation, so it is not for the novice. Bring a positive attitude, lots of water and don’t forget your camera!
To reach the trailhead you can take the Skamania County Public Transit from Stevenson to the Salmon Falls Road Park and Ride which is where the hike starts from.