Journey to Alaska Episode 05
Join us in this episode, “Our 2019 Journey to Alaska Episode 05”, where we travel from Florence Oregon to Nehalem Bay Oregon and explore a couple of lighthouses along the Washington coast.
Day Tripping to Washington
We took a short day trip to Long Beach, Washington from our campground in New Nehalem Bay, Oregon. After crossing the 4-mile bridge at Astoria Oregon we made our way to Cape Disappointment to check out the lighthouses.
This is something we wanted to do last summer while we were in Washington but just never made it back. So this time it was on my list of must-sees. Cape Disappointment is only about 1 hour from our campground in Nehalem Bay, Oregon.
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Facts
The lighthouse at Cape Disappointment was put in service in Oct of 1856. To guide ships into the mouth of the Columbia River.
The brick tower at Cape Disappointment stands fifty-three feet tall has a focal plane of 220 feet above the sea and tapers from a diameter of fourteen feet four inches at its base to ten feet six inches at the lantern room.
The station was also supplied with a 1,600-pound fog bell but it was found to have little value due to the roar of the surf and the distance at which mariners needed to hear it.
Lighthouse Hiking Trail
The trail to the lighthouse is noted as being a difficult hike. We didn’t find it all that difficult however it does have some steep inclines along the way. We just took it slow and enjoyed the walk.
More details about this hike can be found here
Take this nice hike to the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast, explore bunkers of an old military fort, wander through coastal forests, and take in spectacular vistas, including breathtaking ocean views.
There is even a beach you can cool off along the way. There were families enjoying lunch and playing on the beach.
A Second Lighthouse?
North Head Lighthouse
On May 16, 1898, the North Head Lighthouse was put into service as the primary navigation aid at the mouth of the Columbia River.
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