Fort to Sea Trail approximates the route the Lewis and Clark Expedition took from Fort Clatsop, the winter quarters they built in December 1805 on what is now called the Lewis and Clark River, to the Pacific Ocean to hunt, trade, and make salt. After more than ten years of planning, the trail was completed and dedicated in November 2005 as part of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebration.
Just a month before the celebration, the Fort Clatsop replica burned to the ground, but it was rebuilt—more historically accurate, and with better fireproofing— within a year. So much about the landscape has changed in 200 years—the surrounding hills are scarred by logging, and the dunes are now covered with fairways, dairy farms, and daffodils (blooming in early March). But parts of the trail have a timeless feel, such as the deep woods on the west slope of Clatsop Ridge and the dunes at the trail’s end.
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