Northead to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse to Lighthouse Loop - Best of the Northwest Best of the Northwest

Northead to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse to Lighthouse Loop

Western Washington, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails.

Olympic Peninsula

The south end of the Olympic Peninsula is a wealth of historical sites and breathtaking Oceanside trials with some of the best beach camping in Washington.


Benson Beach Northead Lighthouse in background

Jam in 2 lighthouses, pirate coves, lush rainforests and sandy beaches all within 10 miles. The lighthouse-to-lighthouse loop.

Lighthouse to Lighthouse Loop Illustrated Map

Lighthouse to Lighthouse Loop Illustrated Map

Start from the campground to add a few more miles, or shuttle a car from Beards Hollow to begin on the West-wind Trail. Pass through temperate rain forest with large dramatic Sitka spruce draped in licorice ferns. A short out and back leads to an old gun turret position that now makes a great Oceanside viewpoint. Continue on to the Northead lighthouse visitor center and lighthouse trail. Lighthouse tours are available for those over 11 years old and wearing enclosed shoes (no flip flops allowed).

Northead Lighthouse Panorama

Northead Lighthouse Panorama

Find the trail head to the Northead Trail at the parking lot. Wind along steep bluffs through dense forest. Connecting down at the road crossing at Mackenzie Head.

Take a short stretch on the campground road past Waikiki Beach to the West wind trail. This is a scenic family friendly section for a shorter but memorable outing. Climbing to the Lewis and Clark interpretive center. From here the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is visible.

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Panorama

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Panorama

Continue past old military post gun turrets. Follow the trail down around Pirates Cove with one last climb up to the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse where you can view the return route past Waikiki Beach along the Jetty road to the Benson Beach trail and finishing the loop along Benson Beach on the Pacific Ocean where you may want to soak it in for a bit before returning to the campgrounds.

Extend the loop with other nearby trails including the Coastal Forest trail and the Discovery trail to Ilwaco and Long Beach.

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