Fort to Sea Trail

Sunset Beach, Oregon

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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.
Day Hiking: Oregon Coast

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Day Hiking: Oregon Coast

by Bonnie Henderson (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

©  Bonnie Henderson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sunset Beach
Length: 8.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Fort Stevens State Park
Topo Map: Fort to Sea Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hiking: Oregon Coast Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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11/10/2009

The Lewis and Clark "Fort to the Sea" trail is very user friendly and not a five star strenuous hike as the guide describes. The trail is well marked and very uniformly packed chipped gravel and foot boardwalks across all streams, bogs, and other marshy areas. The trail starts out and stays in the heavily forested areas climbing to a vista point that would offer fantastic views if it wasn't so overcast. The forest protects the hiker from wind and some rain. Once you descend out of the forest, the wind hits you as you cross under the hwy on your way to sunset beach. From there you basically walk in a cattle chute, or thats what it feels like until you hit the dunes and semi civilized area. All in all, great hike.....

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