Northwest Wildflowers

Wildflower Destinations > Columbia River Gorge (West)

Cape Horn

Skamania County, Washington

Columbia River Gorge NSA

Fees: none

Activity: hiking

Elevation: 120'-1300'

Current status (as of 7/14/24): past peak

Notes: The trail along the cliffs (above the railway tunnel, below Cape Horn Falls) is closed every year from February 1 through July 15 to protect nesting falcons, so this is an out-and-back hike instead of a loop during wildflower season.

Peak wildflower bloom at Cape Horn is typically from late April through May into late June, but there may be some flowers blooming from early April until mid-July.* (In 2024, things are running a little later than usual.)

Typical year:

Featured plants: Delphinium trolliifolium

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.