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Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Seaside, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 12.2 mi Elevation gain 3,005 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Muddy

Scramble

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Waypoints (3)
Tips

Park is closed due to trail damage from winter storms. https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=136 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.

Wear sturdy footwear. Some parts of the trail can be muddy for most of the year. Take adequate clothing for rain and wind as well as food and water. Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. Take a cell phone. Do not go off the trail. Pack it in pack it out!

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Reviews (158)
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Recordings (112)
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Brian Li
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Hiking

Too muddy. Nice and big trees, too foggy to see the ocean views though

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Andrew Smith
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HikingMuddy

extremely muddy for the first 2 miles.

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Peyton Floyd
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shad saulsbury
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Rachel ONeil
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Hiking

So, I understand that difficulty ratings are probably subjective, but the Seaside to Crescent trail wasn’t that hard and I’m not sure why it got that rating. BUT! The trail is beautiful and somewhat wild. My son and I got dumped on, so it made the trail very slippery in places and muddy throughout, which slowed us down quite a bit. But the views were fantastic, there was lots of tree coverage, and access to the beach towards the end. The last mile was washed out, so we only got 6 miles in (12 total) and I think they miscalculated the elevation because it definitely wasn’t 3,500 ft. In the end, it was only around 2,400. Our assessment is: this trail should be rated as moderate with the elevation adjusted. With that in mind, we totally want to come back on a hot day in the summer. It was absolutely beautiful and would love to experience this trail on a sunny day.

Michael Jackson
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Taryn Clouse
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HikingClosedMuddyWashed out

Rough trail this time of year.

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Mark Klein
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Jen Skunk
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HikingMuddyWashed out

The trail was totally flooded in parts on a rainy December day but it was still gorgeous. Only got about 3 miles in due to my socks getting soaked pretty quick but I want to come back in the summer!!

Missy Roder
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HikingMuddy

We loved this hike! We only had time to go 2 miles out....next time we will do the full hike. A little muddy but not too bad. So serene... green....dense forest. Everything you want in a coastal hike. We can’t wait to come back and do the entire hike!!!!!

Brian Davenport
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Running

Beautiful "Black Friday" trail run. Yes, there's mud, but that's to be expected. It wasn't too much, but as long as people go through the mud and not around (widening the trail) with the appropriate footwear, you'll be fine. Great views and beautiful trail. Gorgeous sitka spruces!

Nate Blizzard
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Geneva Johnson
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Hiking

Cut short by the sunset but very excited to come back.

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Garrett Fontaine
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Hiking

Fun hike. The last mile of the trail is closed due to part of it being washed out. Some steady switchbacks and a lot of great forest views. Be prepared for mud.

Bill Cooper
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Rick Binder
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Hiking

Not sure what's up with all the negative reviews. Great little hike. Yes the ocean views were minimal but the "Goonie-esk" feel was all to fun. From the walking plank boards to the massive uprooted trees. The incline in a decent one, not to bad though. overall great hike!

Andy Vogel
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HikingClosedWashed out

Wanted to do this trail with some friends as a thru hike from the south to north, and discovered that the Indian Beach trail section (between the two southern parking lots) was closed because it had been washed out. There was only a small “closed” sign at the trailhead eluding to this fact. A kind parks volunteer told me that they weren’t sure it would be re-opened, this season.

Lou Lucarelli
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Hiking

I tried last March and it was too muddy. However, trail was mostly dry beginning of August. While on trail I ran into 8 person crew cleaning up trail from overgrown brush, so first hand account this trail is maintained. good peekaboo views of ocean at spots, for runners I was able to run roughly 60% of the time. Great historic hike.

Gabriella S.
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The trial was quite muddy and overgrown. I only finished less than 5 miles RT because the trail was just a little boring and grew tired of slipping and sliding and dodging brush. It’s still nice to get outside of course but I don’t think I’d frequent this trail. There were a few clearings in the trees after 2ish miles where you could see the ocean.

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Anthony Sciascia
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