Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews
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Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Seaside, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.7 miles
3385 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



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Take in the beauty of Tillamook Head and follow a famous trail used by the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Part of the Oregon Coast Trail. The Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail goes from Seaside to Indian Beach or vice versa. The southern 1.4 miles of this trail include/overlap half of the Clatsop Loop Trail and you'll have to hike this as it's part of the trail too. You can continue south 1.5 miles from Indian Beach on the Indian Beach Trail to another parking area.

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4 months ago

way too muddy. made it to the head.

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5 months ago

Hiked in about 1.5 miles before turning around. I don't usually mind a little muddy hiking but this trail was just too uncomfortable to enjoy. Would be nice to check it out again when the trail isn't like brownie batter.

7 months ago

My oldest daughter and I hiked a portion of this trail starting from the Sunset Blvd trailhead entrance. It was a clear beautiful sunny day. If the trail wasn't soggy and extremely muddy in places it would be a very pleasant hike. Even though it was a clear day, the wind was blowing strong as we scaled the first elevation gain. It was bit chilly on top. Overall the hike was easy to moderate in its elevation gain. It would have been a great workout if we went to the end of the trail and exited at Ecola State Park. But we were limited on time and turn around about halfway on the trail.

Hopefully we'll find another warm clear day to take on this hike. If the trail was dry and the wind was less, I may have rated it 4 stars

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hiked this trail from Seaside to Indian Beach two days ago and it was mucky mess! We were literally walking through a cloud the entire time. I can imagine the views are amazing on a clear day, but if this trail isn't dry in August, I don't know when it would be. Be prepared to get wet, wear shoes with great traction that can get really muddy and know that there are spots where the trail has washed out. Overall though, it was a fun one time experience that would have been great if the trail were remotely dry.

Friday, August 12, 2016

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hike was still muddy two weeks ago. Lot of fallen trees on hiking path. Had to crawl under and/or climb over fallen trees. At about the two mile mark from trailhead the trail is washed out. Not the greatest of hikes right now. But, the views are awesome.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Did this on a rainy day. It's really muddy out there right now but still doable. Very pretty hike with the added bonus of hiking the trail Lewis and Clark took to find a beached whale. Not too difficult. Just right for a rainy day.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Muddy! Beautiful.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Thursday, November 26, 2015

oh wow beautiful hike!

Friday, November 13, 2015