Camping in Cape Disappointment

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Lighthouse

Camping is always fun and have heard lot of great stories from many of my friends & colleagues. We have done several hikes in the last few years but never experienced the camping goodness. It’s been years we’ve been thinking about doing camping but finally got to experience that in Cape Disappointment campground in Washington State with a group of 7 families. When we heard the campsite name, it was slightly intriguing 🙂 and was looking forward to the day.

Scenic views during our hike
Scenic views during our hike

Cape Disappointment State Park is located in Ilwaco, Washington and makes up one of the Lewis and Clark National Parks. The park has lots of trails, beaches, North Head lighthouse, Cape Disappointment lighthouse and there is a Interpretive center of Lewis & Clark.

Our first tent :-)
Our first tent 🙂

This was a 3 day, 2 night trip to Cape disappointment campground. As this was our first camping trip, we slightly overdid with our packing and there was no space in the car :-). The 6 person instant tent from Amazon was definitely a good buy and took less than 2 minutes to set up the tent. The first experience of sleeping inside the tent with the entire family was awesome. The sounds of the raindrops, hustle bustle of the wind during night time were distracting for few seconds but everyone fell asleep within few minutes after the 3 hour long drive along with a tasty dinner that night.

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Campsite

The campsite was well maintained and is a family friendly site with all basic amenities needed for a family. The site is located very close to the beach and very convenient to do short stroll in the beach during dusk time. Our first campfire was awesome especially the smores enjoyment for the kids.

Campfire Experience
Campfire Experience

What to see in Cape Disappointment

Beaches – This campground is close to beach that you can have fun time at the beach and do some great walks around the shores.

Trails – Lots of trails available near this state park and you can choose to do from simple to complex hikes. The lighthouse is one of the attraction and you can hike to this place.

Sand Sculptures
Sand Sculptures

Long Beach – You can drive to long beach that is closer to this campground. When we visited the beach, there was a sand castle contests happening at the beach and was great to see people building beautiful castles made out of sand.

Camping Crew !
Camping Crew !

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