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Cape Horn and Beyond + ADD NEW ROUTE


13   in Washington Washington41 Miles

By Troy
on November 1, 2004

4.2out of 5

6 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Just north of Portland, OR and across the Washington border is the town of Vancouver, WA. Start in Vancouver and find State Route 14. You can find 14 by either taking exit 1B off of I-5 or by taking exit 27 off of I-205. Once you get on SR-14 take it eastbound where the route basically starts as you come up to Camas, WA. After the road winds through Camas, and Washougal, you enter the Historic preserve area. This is where the scenery begins. The best place to turn around is Skamania lodge (just past the Bridge of the Gods).
Note: If you find yourself hurting for time, and want to return to Portland quicker, take the Bridge of the Gods across the river into Oregon (toll is $.50 for bikes) and hit I-84 westbound.

Scenery

Beautiful scenery abounds throughout on this road with lots of variety. Expect lots of forests, spectacular views of the Columbia river, especially at Cape Horn (pull over for this one), farmland, tunnels... the list goes on and one. A must ride!

Road Quality

Road has a variety of twisties, straights, peaks and valleys. Best ridden on the weekend when there are no logging trucks to slow you down. Roads are paved, and in excellent condition.

Roadside Amenities

Must sees are Cape Horn, Bonneville Dam, Bridge of the Gods, and Skamania Lodge. There are a couple of small restaurants in Carson, but the ultimate is the Sunday brunch at Skamania Lodge. Make reservations, it fills up fast.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Washington State Parks - Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

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By nflguy13
on July 11, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 04

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is an awesome ride! It follows the mighty Columbia River with breathtaking views along the way. Winding along you go through many tunnels, great to check how others hear your ride. You will probably pass a train or two on its way into Vancouver.

This ride is easy and beautiful. Stay on the ride a bit longer and get off in the tiny town of Lyle and head up Klickitat road. Amazing switchbacks and stunning views as you come out on top with views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood as you meander through rolling wheat fields. this will bring you into the town of Goldendale. There is a Dairy Queen just before you hit Hwy 97. Perfect end to a perfect ride.

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By Guest
on November 3, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1983

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I live in Stevenson Wa. and must say, there are lots of roads worth rideing just off of hwy 14 Washougal river rd (hooks back on to 14 just after the cape, take a right and about a mile west is the veiw point) As far as must see I can't understand why noone said to stop at Beacon Rock State park, make time and hike to the top of the second largest free standing monalith in the world, good spot for a picnic too. The trail to the top is railed and well maintained , bring water and expect to spend an hour hikeing up , and back down, very few better veiws avalible. The Bonneville hot springs resort has an amazing spa with natural mineral water piped in, skip the dinning room. the Skamania Lodge has one of the top 50 golf course's in the U.S., But as far as dinning along the way, a new resturant in Stevenson, MARK'S PLACE, is amazeing,it's just off of main street, ask anyone you see (gas station, store, on the sidewalk they will point you the right way, and tell you the same thing great food and nicely priced . I recomend continuing up 14 untill cooks and go over the cook, underwood loop, dropping you right back to 14 head east and take the next right to troutlake and Mt. Adams, stop at ranger station for free map and you can easily get to Mt. St.Helens leading you to Woodland WA. ON I-5

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By Guest
on June 18, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport

Sorry, John, but Cape Horn is most certainly on Hwy 14 between Washougal and Stevenson. There may be another, but the viewpoint in the review is definitely called Cape Horn, and the Eastward view up the Columbia is amazing. I reccomend taking this route north to Carson, and continue around Mt. St. Helens through Cougar into Woodland, back to the Interstate, or South on local roads if you're savvy enough. Epic loop.

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By Guest
on September 19, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year '81

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Other

This was a pretty sweet and easy ride. I took 14 all the way the the hood river bridge and then took 84 west and got off on the first exit for the scenic highway 30. I took that into Troutdale and then too Marine Drive back into NE Portland. great day ride!

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By Jonny Law
on July 28, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year '81

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport

If you live in Portland or Vancouver, this is a great road for an after work decompression, or just a excuse to get a burger somewhere other then the local joint.

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By Guest
on January 25, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Except for the fact that Cape Horn is off of Hwy 4, between Longview and Illwaco - west of I-5, the information is good. Hwy 4 and Hwy 14 in WA, and US 30 in OR, from Astoria to Biggs Junction, are all great motorcycling roads

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