Park Happenings: A rare chance to tour Cape D light

Visitors to the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse this Saturday will have the opportunity to view this Fourth Order Fresnel lens.

CAPE D - This Saturday the public is invited to tour the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Coast Guard will have personnel on hand to provide the tours. State Park Interpreters will also be on-site to give interpretive programs on the lighthouse's history at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was built in 1856 as one of the very first lighthouses on the Pacific coast. Next year, State Parks will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the year it was lit with a special birthday party celebration. Anyone interested in participating in this event is encouraged to contact the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at 642-3029.

If you would like to see the inside of this historic lighthouse, this is your opportunity. The best way to get to the lighthouse is from the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center's parking lot. There is a three-quarter of a mile long hiking trail to the lighthouse from the lower lot. Visitors should wear sturdy shoes and expect to hike up-hill both ways. The trail has recently been improved by the Landmark Volunteer group over the last couple of weeks but there are still plenty of roots and slopes to deal with.

After hiking to the lighthouse visitors may want to view the original First Order Fresnel lens that was in both the Cape Disappointment and North Head Lighthouses. This lens can be seen at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center's viewing room with interpretive displays discussing both lighthouses and their technology.

Campfire Programs at Cape Disappointment State ParkLocated at the Waikiki Beach Amphitheater - All programs start at 9 p.m. unless noted

July 13th: The History of Fire, 7 p.m.

July 14th: The Top Ten Myths of Lewis and Clark

July 15th: Graveyard of the Pacific

July 16th: Where is Fort Canby?

July 17th: Campfire Tales of the Corps, 8 p.m.

July 18th: Graveyard of the Pacific

July 19th: The Place Names of Cape Disappointment

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