Fort to Sea Trail

Sunset Beach State Recreation Site, Oregon

Elevation Gain1,919ft
Trailhead Elevation47ft
Elevation Min/Max6/327ft
Elevation Start/End47/47ft

Fort to Sea Trail

Fort to Sea Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Clatsop County, Oregon. It is within Sunset Beach State Recreation Site. It is 6.2 miles long and begins at 47 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,919 feet. Near the trailhead there is drinking water. The Clatsop Ridge Overlook viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms and a place of worship along the trail. Near the end of the trail is a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Slough to Sea Trail, Kwis Kwis Trail and Netul River Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking: Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Bonnie Henderson
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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." Read more
Day Hiking Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Bonnie Henderson
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"The 5.7-mile Fort to Sea Trail crosses US 101 near the Pioneer Presbyterian Church on its way to Sunset Beach. An out-and-back hike on just the western trail section takes you across a couple of hidden dune swale lakes on substantial footbridges and traverses terrain ranging from cow pastures to piney woods and wetlands. With trailheads at either end, a one-way hike with shuttle car is also possible. The fort to Sea Trail emerges from a tunnel under US 101 east of the church; pick it up at the southeast corner of the lawn in the front of the church." Read more

Fort to Sea Trail Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Sunset Beach State Recreation Site
Nearby City
Sunset Beach State Recreation Site
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Additional Use
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
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Dec 2018