Wave Warning at Cape Disappointment

Photo: High Waves by Maria DeKoker

Weather Predicts High Winds and Waves

The Wave Finder App predicts high winds and waves at Cape Disappointment this weekend.

What this means is there is potential for spectacular wave action as these swells hit the cliffs and reflect back on themselves.

We have had some spectacular work presented in competition by our members from opportunities just like this.

A high tide of 9.5 feet is predicted at 11:58. The swells are predicted to be:

7:00 AM14.4 ft (12s)17 mph
gusting 26
10:00 AM15.1 ft (13s)20 mph
gusting 24
12:00 PM15.7 ft (13s)20 mph
gusting 28
4:00 PM15.7 ft (13s)17 mph
gusting 25
Some Sun

For information on photo techniques, please visit this post on Tim Clifton’s web site: Photographing waves at Cape Disappointment State Park

Join us

A number of TPS members are planning to be on the shores of Waikiki Beach facing Cape Disappointment on this Sunday morning.

The quickest way, according to Google, is US 101. On a good day the drive is about 2.5 hours from the SR-512 Park and Ride (I5-SR512 Interchange). As I say, on a good day. Your time may vary.

Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/nzg5pyvfPfiky2sr5

Safety First

In addition to taking care on the wet, windy road to the park, you will want to dress warm. Air temperature is predicted to be about 52∘F. It is predicted to be raining. Oh and Windy!

  • Raingear (umbrellas will blow away)
  • warm socks and boots
  • gloves

If conditions are warranted, the park ranger may choose to close the Jetty road which means you will have to walk down to the beach with your gear.


Remember that the COVID Curve is trending up! This means:

  • Keep to your own bubble
  • No carpooling – hate to discourage this but…
  • Masks will be required (it’s a state park) even in 15 knot winds. (bonus: will keep your face warm)

Discover Pass

And yes, this is a state park so you will require your Discover Pass to be on display.


Sunday, Nov 15 2020


or whatever time you arrive
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sunday, Nov 15 2020
  • Time: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm


Waikiki Beach (Cape Disappointment)
244 Robert Gray Dr, Ilwaco, WA 98624


Dave Scott

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