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“Lewis&Clark and more”

Cape Disappointment State Park
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Ilwaco
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Owner description: A scenic state park with hiking trails and cabins for overnight visitors.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Both driving and walking trails are excellent - very scenic overlooks to pacific and the Columbia bar

Thank Dan D
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We had a very informative visit to the Lewis and Clark Interpretation Center and then we decided to walk uphill to the Lighthouse. We did not know how difficult it would be but we persisted because we wanted to see the mouth of the Columbia River. No regrets. What a view !

Thank MoniqueVG
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I bring our youth group here every July - we're leaving Sunday for this year's - and it's always a blast. I don't know if casual campers would find as much fun, but we've managed to find a lot of great things to do. Our favorite thing to do is "walk the jetty," which is about a mile walk over really sharp and dangerous walks. Make sure you wear sturdy foot ware. It has become a rite of passage for our youth to get to the end and "phoon (imitate the "pedestrian crossing" traffic symbol.)" It's usually very windy, but we manage a game of beach ultimate frisbee if it's not too windy, or soccer it it is. Jumping in the ocean becomes a feat of strength, as it's very cold. I've reviewed our hike up to the North Head Lighthouse in a different post, but there are other chances to climb rocks within the campground itself; one is a baby one, maybe 30 feet high, which looks nice at sunset. The other is an fairly difficult one that is reachable by the north side of the beach; that's got a great view of the beach. For our more thrill-seeking group, I take them up an incredibly steep climb, which starts near a cave. I've actually stopped doing it, but if you can make it up there, the view is incredible. Be careful!
Waikiki Beach is also nice and meditative. We read our Bibles out there; there's some nice climable trails there too, and plenty of big rocks to hide for hide and seek. Can't wait to go back!

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

The trails and views were nice, but this park was less than expected. The Lewis & Clark Museum was mostly just walking down long sloping ramps with endless paragraphs on the walls (think of this as pages from a juvenile book in really big type arranged on a long wall). It would have been far more interesting to just read a book. They have a few exhibit pieces, nicely presented, but nothing was that compelling or enlightening. In fact, little about this was very interesting at all. I knew a bit more about Lewis & Clark after leaving, but not much. The kids (ages 11, 9, 7) considered this generally boring. Overall, we paid $10 to park and $20 for entrance; it wasn't worth it.

Thank Sip111
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

A great selection of trails, many rated difficult but all very short. The longer paths are very easy and scenic. Great views, history and atmosphere...:)

Fun for all, expect a good wind a great view!

Thank Wildchinook
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