Fort to Sea Trail
Lewis and Clark National
92343 Fort Clatsop Road
Astoria, OR 97103-9197
(503) 861-2471 ext. 214
WELCOME to the Fort to Sea Trail
Some of their travels took them southwest to the
area�s bounteous beaches, including what are now Sunset Beach and
Seaside. While the Corps forged its way through deep woods, muddy bogs
and windswept beaches, a 6.5-mile trail now runs much of the same
forest, fields and dunes that the Corps traveled.
The Fort To Sea
Trail wends its way through the woods south of Fort Clatsop to Sunset
Beach on the Pacific Ocean, covering land that once was home to the
Clatsop Indians who helped the Corps.
You, too, can explore the forests, travel along
the coastal rivers and lakes, and traverse the coastal dunes.
The Fort To Sea Trail starts from the Visitor
Center at Fort Clatsop. The first two miles take you up a gentle climb
to the top of Clatsop Ridge, where on a clear day you can see through
the trees to the Pacific Ocean. From there, you descend through deep
woods and reach wooded pasture dotted with small lakes. The wooded
pasture leads to the crossing tunnel under U.S. Highway 101 and near
Camp Rilea. This stretch of the trail marks the beginning of sandy
soil and gentle dunes and leads into beach woods before arriving at
the Sunset Beach/Fort to Sea Trail parking lot. From there, travel the
1-mile path to the beach.
While the Fort to Sea Trail is navigable in any
weather, please note that rain can make the trail slick in some places
and muddy in others. Also, while the abundant wildlife that you might
see, such as deer, elk or eagles, or bear, bobcat or beaver, might be
shy, the domesticated animals, such as cows, you can encounter in the
pastures on the south side of U.S. 101 might not be. Finally, a
one-way trip requires pickup at one end of the trail. Shuttles are
sometimes available, but a cab or wait car should be arranged.
If you want to trace the corps trails in a
shorter amount of time, or simply take in the scenery and get some
exercise, you can shorten up the Fort to the Sea Trail trip by making
Clatsop Ridge your destination from the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center.
This hike is about 4 miles round trip, with a gentle climb up, and
nice downhill stretch back.
A more relaxed hike perfect for children or a
some quick exercise features a short, � mile loop immediately
adjacent to the Visitor Center that also starts from the same
Yet another short hike is the 1-mile trail that
leads from the Sunset Beach/Fort to the Sea Parking lot down to Sunset
Beach and up again.
IF YOU GO: To
start the trail at Fort Clatsop, From Astoria, head south on U.S.
Highway 101 and follow the signs to Fort Clatsop. From Seaside, head
north on U.S. 101 and follow the signs. The Fort to Sea Trail starts
at the park�s Visitor Center. To start the trail at Sunset Beach,
travel to just past Milepost 13 on U.S. 101 and turn onto Sunset Beach
Drive to the Sunset Beach/Fort To Sea Trailhead
parking lot. For more Information, call Lewis and Clark National Park,
(503) 861-2471. There is no fee to use the trail, but there is a $3
fee per person for the Visitor Center and Fort Clatsop. During the
summer season, a shuttle is available between Fort Clatsop and Sunset
Beach. Restrooms are available at both ends of the trail.
Did You Know?
Sergeant Patrick Gass wrote that of the 106 days they were at Fort
Clatsop it rained all but 12, and of the 12 dry days, only 6 were
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