Fort Clatsop at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park is home to some of the best hiking trails on the Oregon Coast. This video provides a brief guide to three of those trails, tells you what you need to know to be prepared while hiking them and shows a sample of the incredible scenery you’ll see while on the trail. If you don’t have time to watch the whole video, here is a brief summary.
The three best trails at Fort Clatsop are the Netul River Trail, the Kwis Kwis Trail and the Fort to Sea Trail.
The Netul River Trail is an easy 1.5 mile hike (one way) that starts from Fort Clatsop and then parallels the Netul River. The trail is great for taking dogs and children on, and there are restrooms at both ends. Look for blackberries and huckleberries bordering the trail in summer months. The trail finishes at Netul Landing with beautiful views of the river and informative displays about the area.
the Kwis Kwis Trail starts from the Visitor’s Center (about 100 yards from the Fort). It is a beautiful 5.6 mile loop that winds through some of the greenest parts of the forest. All along the trail you’ll find fantastical trees growing in shapes you never thought possible. If you’d like to go even further, a new two mile (one way) extension has been added to the trail that joins back in with the Fort to Sea Trail.
The complete Fort to Sea Trail is 6.5 miles (one way) that takes you from the Fort all the way to the beautiful Sunset Beach. If you don’t feel up to doing the entire trail there are several great stopping points along the way, including a great lookout area (1.5 miles), a historic pioneer church (just on the other side of the highway, 4 miles), or you can go all the way to the beach (the full 6.5 miles).
Whichever hike you choose to do, make sure to bring a good rain jacket, plenty of water and a good lunch.
Also, if you’re doing the Fort to Sea Trail, make sure to park a second car at Sunset Beach so you don’t have to hike all the way back!
We hope to see you on the trails soon!