Ilwaco, WA for Winter Camping at Cape Disappointment

I am a HUGE fan of stormy weather – thunder, lightning, dark clouds, the still air making way for sheets of rain – it’s all so majestic. Camping isn’t really the first activity that comes to my mind in the winter time, but I heard that Cape Disappointment can offer some incredible camping and opportunities to see awe-inspiring seaside storms, so my partner and I packed up our most sturdy tent and coziest gear and headed out to the Cape for some rustic January adventure.

It was about a four hour drive from Seattle, and we arrived to our site around 4 in the afternoon. This was perfect, because it meant we had a little daylight left to set up everything. Once we settled in, we bundled up (it wasn’t too cold – about 40 degrees, with only light rain on and off) and started exploring the grounds. Our campsite was tucked into a small clearing in a big grouping of trees, but as we walked around, we saw that a few of the other sites offered ocean views. We’ll try to reserve one of those next time! After a short jaunt around, we headed back to our site and started up a fire to cook our dinner. Thank goodness the rain stayed at bay for the evening, so we were actually able to enjoy the fire, hot food and cocoa.

The next morning, we headed straight for the beach. A little storm had picked up overnight, and the waves had grown much taller, licking the sides of the rocks. I got my thunder and ominous clouds too! We hiked up to one of the lighthouses and shared a beer, and then made our way back down. We got to talking to a group of our fellow campers, who told us we just *had* to make time to visit Ilwaco, proper – the little fishing town a short drive from the cape. We decided to make that an adventure for day three, before we left. We were so happy that we did. We enjoyed the incredibly friendly service and the freshest crab I’ve ever tasted.

Where I stayed / started

Cape Disappointment

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