Fort to Sea Trail

Map of 5 trails and visitor center location at Lewis and Clark Park
Map of all trails at Fort Clatsop.
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.

The Fort to Sea trail makes a great day hike if you have prepared well. There are sections of the trail that are steep, going both uphill and downhill, sections of the trail that can be slick and muddy, and areas without much vegetative cover. Know before you go what the weather will be like, where you are going, and how you will get back to your car (remember it is 6.5 miles ONE WAY). There is a bathroom at the trail head, at sunset beach, and about halfway through, but there are no water fountains, so make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks. Please also plan on packing out anything you pack in as there are not trash cans along the way. Check out our safety page for more tips to prepare for your hike, and stop in at the visitor center before you go to grab a trail map and check in with the ranger regarding any trail closures or dangerous conditions.

Timing depends on speed and amount of stops you take. We suggest not starting the trail after 2pm.

Your leashed dogs are welcome on the Fort to Sea trail, please pick up after them.

The entrance fee can be payed at the visitor center prior to departing.

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 Lane. Drive to the Sunset Beach/Fort To Sea Trailhead parking lot.

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. Be sure to check the weather and know what time the sun sets before your departure. 

Trails are open from dawn to dusk. The visitor center parking lot is gated, and closes at 5pm in the winter and 6pm in the summer. If you aren't sure you can make it back by that time it is best to park in the lot for the trailhead just south of the visitor center lot (look for the parking symbol on the map).

Accessibility Information

From the trail head parking lot (see map) the Fort to Sea trail is wheelchair accesible up to the overlook, with a steady elevation change of 300ft, and gravel substrate. 

Last updated: January 18, 2018