Sunset Beach State Recreation
Lewis and Clark National
92343 Fort Clatsop Road
Astoria, OR 97103-9197
(503) 861-2471 ext. 214
WELCOME to Sunset Beach State
We are drawn to the ocean, and Sunset Beach is a
splendid place to take in a Pacific panorama.
It�s also one of the best local beaches for
walking, sunset viewing and picnicking and is popular with clammers
and horseback riders.
For hikers, Sunset Beach is one of the main
trailheads for the Fort to the Sea Trail and several shorter hikes.
The Fort to the Sea trail is a 6-mile-long hike on improved and
unimproved trails. It passes through terrain that Corps of Discovery
members traveled, as well as Clatsop village sites.
Have less time or want a shorter hike? Consider
taking the end of the Fort to Sea Trail, which is a 1-mile roundtrip
from the parking area to a viewpoint above the dunes, with a sweeping
vista ranging from Cape Disappointment to Tillamook Head. This makes a
great destination for a beach picnic or play, and is accessible for
You also might want to try the Sunset Beach to
Sunset Lake Loop, a roundtrip of about 2 miles. It begins at the
Sunset Beach parking area and follows the Fort to Sea trail back
through the dunes and beach woods. There are numerous mushrooms
underfoot and many birds overhead. Elk, favored for their meat and
hides by the Corps of Discovery, sometimes tramp through the woods.
Notice the bird life around Sunset Lake, including belted kingfishers.
At the Sunset Lake bridge, turnaround and head back to the parking
DID YOU KNOW?: During razor clam harvest
season, Sunset Beach is a favorite for local clammers, who prize the
razors for their tender, uniquely Northwest taste. Clamming is
regulated by season and permit, so check at bait shops if it�s ok to
pick up your clam shovel and dig.
Sunset Beach was named for its sunsets, but on a brisk day it�s also
a great place to fly a kite.
IF YOU GO: To
reach Sunset Beach from north or south, travel to just past Milepost
13 on U.S. Highway 101 and turn onto Sunset Beach Lane. Drive to the
Sunset Beach/Fort To Sea Trailhead parking lot. Restrooms are
available. At times, a shuttle is available between Fort Clatsop and
Sunset Beach. For more Information, call Lewis and Clark National
Park, (503) 861-2471.
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