Fort to Sea Trail

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Fort to Sea Trail is a 6.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Warrenton, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.1 miles
534 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash


trail running




2 months ago

I will have to agree with others on this trail. I really love the wooded part of the Ft. Clatsop trail network, but the section from the highway to Sunset beach is in need of real attention. There has been extensive trail maintenance from the Fort down to the highway, but the three mile stretch to Sunset Breach has not seen any maintenance on a long while. It is overgrown in many areas and the long grass hides very uneven terrain.
I also had a close encounter of the animal kind as there was a good sized bull camped out between two of the turnstiles. On the out bound trip I jumped a couple of fences to avoid the big guy, but on the way back I figured I could slip by him. He spooked as a walked in front of him and moved into my path. I was able to quickly step past him, but it really gave me the willies. This trail would be much better if something was done to allow for safer walking through the cattle pastures. It seems to me that there is plenty of land there and the cattle could be kept in areas that did not place them in the direct path of foot traffic through the area.
I really enjoyed the eleven mile hike and recommend it, but give the cautionary reminder that you are hiking through active cattle grazing land and need to be careful.

4 months ago

I’m a trail runner from the Pacific Northwest, so I have seen just about every environment Oregon has to offer. If you start out at Fort Clatsop (respect to my brother Comcomly), you will see fairly typical, newish, temperate rain forest. Although, there is no old growth here, it appears there is an effort to return it to its former self. I was a bit disappointed in the double track trail which gave me the feeling I would run into motorcycles or four-wheelers, but after gaining an easy incline run to the Clatsop Ridge Viewpoint, I moved beyond this “old” road to familiar switchbacks of many trails I’ve been on since a child. Though, because of the gravel, this trail between Hwy. 101 and Clatsop Ridge Viewpoint reminded of Forest Park in Portland. So, if you want an easy traverse, without mud and slipping, hike to 101 and return back.
If you want to go beyond 101, I have some criticisms. The trail disappears and you find yourself between fences, for a couple of miles, between cow pastures and vacation homes. Some of the fields between the homes and farms looked decimated. I was sorely disappointed and if they intend to “share” space, some effort needs to be put into this stretch from 101 to the sea. If you have a fear of larger domestic animals, such as cows, you may want to skip this stretch, as at times, when you travel between properties, you must maneuver through animal gates that put you in the same field as the cows.
To be honest, if I were you, I would see the ocean on a different day and hike the forest part of this trail separately If you want to do this trail, hike the fort to sea trail all the way down near 101, turn around and take the alternative route called Kwis Kwis trail back. You will have more options, more forest, and a nice hike.

5 months ago

This trail has it all. Open range, forest canopy and a nice incline to the overlook. Easy in relation to safe, more moderate as it relates distance and exercise. If you are with less experienced hikers, you can go for a short, flat hike or if experienced do it all. Lots of cool things to see.

6 months ago

fun trail lots to see.

7 months ago

what a fantastic walk through history. This is a great trail for all ability levels and the possibility of seeing wildlife is very high.

8 months ago

nice path, we got a little lost in the fields but figured it out. Great way to see the forest and the beach

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Difficult enough to challenge this out of shape hiker, but not too difficult to be enjoyable. Beautiful, well maintained trail!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

very groomed trail. easy walk.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

nice trail for any skill level. the part where you go through peoples property is a little odd, but really is a very nice hike. Be sure to bring bugspray!

trail running
Friday, July 07, 2017

Great trail! We are from Pittsburgh and stopped here for a run. We read the reviews and started at the beach parking area that was recommended. Restrooms and free parking. Fantastic trail! Pretty fields that give way to gorgeous trees. We made a wrong turn into the cow field following the farmers road through the field. Super easy fix by going back to the path and just not going into the field but across the entrance instead. Perfect trails to run on. We didn't get to the hill, but did an out in back 6 miler. When we visit the west coast again, this will be on our list to make sure to run!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Great day hike. If you do this as a one-way hike, leaving a second car at Sunset Beach and starting at Fort Clatsop, then this is a moderately easy route with only a bit of elevation gain. What we love most about this one is how many different types of habitat we pass through in just a couple of hours: mature douglas fir forest, wetlands, forested sand dunes in between narrow lakes, more wetlands, and finally the beach. Keep an eye out for elk. Fair warning, in the spring, the last 1/2mi of trail to the beach has a low spot in the last wetland, and a hundred feet of trail might be under a couple of feet of water. Your first option is to be adventurous, remove your shoes, and wade through the (very) cold water to get to the other side. This part is spanned by a boardwalk and footbridge, so you're actually still on the bridge in between the railings, in knee-deep water. You can tell how deep the water is by how high it comes up on the handrail. This is where your second option comes in: if it is too cold or looks too deep (like if the handrail is under water!), then turn around, go back the 1/2 mile to the parking lot, and hit the beach via the road access.

Monday, April 03, 2017

I walk these trails nearly every day, for our little community they are simply perfect and breathtaking

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Perfect fun, easy day hike!

trail running
Monday, October 03, 2016

Great out and back trail. My Suunto read a total elevation gain of 1,500 miles. Lucked out and only saw one other person on the entire trail during the entire run.

trail running
Monday, October 03, 2016

Great 1,500 elevation gain on the 12.5 mile out and back. Only saw one other person during the entire time I was on the trail. Very well marked and the upkeep of the trail was impressive.

trail running
Monday, October 03, 2016

Can't figure out how to edit my post I just made, but elevation gain meant to read 1,500 ft, or course.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The fort to sea trail is a beautiful hike but you must know that the section from sunset beach to the Hwy 101 tunnel can be treacherous in the farmer fields with the switch back fencing and the big Bull that might stop your hike fast. Check out my pictures of the bull.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Definitely my favorite trail so far!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

One of my favorites. I always try to make sure I do this trail whenever I visit!

trail running
Friday, June 03, 2016

The best way to access the trail is at the Sunset Beach parking area. From here you can go 0.35 miles to the beach or head inland towards the fort. You also avoid paying the National Park fee by parking here. The trail is well traveled and easy to follow. Depending on when you go the trail may have long grass growing on the sides, but it will be periodically mowed. It does cross a couple roads and the trail runs along some cow pasture at points.
The trail placement marker by All Trails is not the best place to access the trail. There are signs in the Perkins Road area discouraging parking for the trail.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Great trail! This was second hike. The first time we got lost on way back when we took slough trail & had to double back. This time we took slough trail right at the beginning. It was a moderately challenging uphill climb for this fairly new hiker. I would go again.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The views are gorgeous and trail is well maintained. This trail, when combined with the Kwis Kwis trail, makes a nice loop of 8 miles.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I have hiked this trail several times and each time there is something new and breathtaking. Great trail to hike on, riding bikes is okay, but there is a lot of sand towards the end of the trail making it difficult to ride. The scenery is stunning and there is educational information posted along the way that is great for children to discover.

trail running
Monday, April 13, 2015

We took our high school cross country team here for a run during our summer xc camp... it was perfect. One big hill in the middle, and you have to weave through a couple cow pasture gates which is fun! Awesome trail run! Around 6 miles, and there are more connecting trails at the fort.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Me and the family hike this area all the time. We especially enjoy the Ft. Clatsop area due to so much access to other trails.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Many different variations including a spur from VC to some historic recreations.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Beautiful trail!!! Lots of variety from grass to rock to wood bridges to sand to cow fields and beautiful trees and rain forest all around. Half the hike is runnable terrain as well as in the sun vs shade. Enjoy!!!! I did.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Excellent time of year to hike this trail! Pretty much a rain forest for half of the trail that starts at the Lewis and Clark NHP visitor's center and descends into a lush wetland valley that is teeming with life. The rough skinned newt is breeding at this time, and the Salmonberry is blossoming. After the trail crosses under Highway 101, it cuts through pasture land where the cows are grazing, then through a wind-blown coastal forest that has a nice small lake. Elk can be seen grazing on private property near here. Just after the lake is Sunset Beach Recreation Area, maintained by Oregon State Parks.

This is a moderate trail that does have some muddy portions, but overall is very accessible and safe. For the less strenuous adventure, I would recommend a shuttle for a one-way hike to the beach.

19 days ago

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