What’s With the Name? Cape Disappointment Delivers

SkiZer hit the beach in October and found some nice surprises.

It was perfect timing to visit the Long Beach Peninsula in Southwest Washington. The hiking and cycling proved to be excellent and the early October weather was warm and friendly.

Now, for the surprises.

Camping — yes, you can camp year-round at Cape Disappointment State Park —  is fantastic. Within the park, you’ll find miles of hiking trails, several gorgeous beaches and two scenic lighthouses.

The SkiZer explored the North Jetty in the park, which juts out into the Pacific at the mouth of the Columbia River. The jetty is used by fishermen — this time of year, they were going for crab — but it’s also a great place to see wildlife. As the SkiZer stood there thinking deep thoughts and gazing at the water, a humpback whale surfaced nearby.

The scenic Discovery Trail is surely one of the best recreation paths in the state. It winds from the cape into the dunes of the Long Beach Peninsula and offers some fantastic riding for cyclists.

At the tip of the peninsula, Leadbetter Point State Park was another surprise: The mile-long hike thinned crowds and offered views from a remote and wild beach.

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The Discovery Trail dips and winds through the dunes.
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Views from the jetty at the mouth of the Columbia River. Moments later, a whale surfaced.
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A fisherman hauls in a crab from the jetty.
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The scenic Cape Disappointment Lighthouse stands above the Columbia River.
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A short hike delivers hikers to a remote beach at Leadbetter Point State Park.
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Rainforest-like surroundings are part of the hike at Leadbetter Point State Park.
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Walkers take in North Head Lighthouse from Benson Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park.

One thought on “What’s With the Name? Cape Disappointment Delivers

  1. What a nice entry – great photos. Now that I think about it, some of my favorite spots have scary names – Cape Fear, Slaughter Canyon (near Carlsbad Caverns).

    Thanks for sharing.

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