Thing to Do

Clay Pit Pond Trail

Dark pond surrounded by green vegetation with a fallen tree crossing over the top

The Clay Pit Pond Primitive trail may not be long, but it provides the thrill of a rugged hike. A great trail for viewing wildlife or taking a moment of silent solitude in nature without having to go far.

There are sections of the trail that can be slick and muddy as well as a lot of exposed tree roots. Know before you go what the weather will be like and where you are going. There are restrooms and a water bottle filling station at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center. There are trash cans at the picnic area, but not along the way. Please practice principals of Leave No Trace. Please Check out our safety page for more tips to prepare for your hike, and stop in at the visitor center before you go, to pay the entrance fee, grab a trail map and check in with a ranger regarding any trail closures or dangerous conditions.
15-60 Minutes
Take a hike along the Clay Pit Pond half mile loop primitive trail! It is a great trail for those looking for a short but dynamic hike. The trail features a vernal pond surrounded by skunk cabbage and sedges. There are steep steps and lots of trees growing close to the trail so watch out for roots and newts!
Good for all ages, though young hikers will likely need a hand in some areas that traverse over root mounds and a section with steep stairs. 
Your leashed dogs are welcome on the trail, please pick up after them.
The entrance fee can be paid at the visitor center prior to departing. Your entrance fees go toward maintaining and improving the trails.
The trail starts from the picnic area at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center - 92343 Fort Clatsop Rd. Astoria, OR 97103.
Trails tend to be more muddy and can be flooded in areas during the winter and spring. If you are planning a hike during those times please also check wind and weather advisories. It is not advisable to utilize any trails at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park during periods of high wind. Downed trees are common and may make the trail difficult or impossible to pass. 
Trails are open from dawn to dusk. However, the visitor center parking lot is gated, and closes at 5 p.m. in the winter and 6 p.m. in the summer. If you anticipate you will be on the trail longer please park at the Fort to Sea Trailhead just south of the visitor center and plan to add an additional .9 miles round trip to your hike.
Accessibility Information

Clay Pit Pond Primitive Trail

Substrate - 100% dirt

Steep slope - Yes

Narrow section of path - 12 inches

Benches/rest areas: No

Potential hazards: Muddy, flooded, trail washing out, high winds, downed trees, tree roots, steep steps

 The Clay Pit Pond Primitive Trail is not designated as wheelchair-accessible. For specific inquiries please e-mail the Lewis and Clark NHP Accessibility Contact or call (503)861-2471

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Pincnic shelter seen through the trees

Last updated: June 28, 2021