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Warrenton, Oregon Map

Great walk around the lake. a little soggy in some places

4 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.

6 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.

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.

fun trail lots to see.

8 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.

This was a very easy, flat, short hike. At every angle, it was absolutely beautiful! The views of the lake are spectacular! The trail is maintained very well. The one challenge was that the bathrooms were locked.

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

trail running
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

awesome trail to run!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Quick, easy, beautiful hike. Coming from SoCal my boyfriend and I had yet to be exposed to such a thick, green, wet forest such as this! Even saw a couple banana slugs! The mosquitoes were relentless, don't forget bug spray as we did! Only downfall to this lake was that it has been infested with blue/green algae and is now unswimmable. it would have been to nice to wade around in it with the dog. Still an overall great hike to experience a bit of the Oregon forest !

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!

nature trips
Saturday, July 15, 2017

I take my dog out on this trail 3 times a week. It's private, scenic and immaculately cared for. Taking the Ridge hike out beyond the trail's end swimming area, is an excellent wrap to a brisk 45 minute walk/hike.

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, May 01, 2017

It was a great trail, little wet, really the wettest part was the south end of the lake, after the water level goes down a bit, will try it again, the Dog had a blast, and the view was great.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easy squishy ( it's rained a lot) little hike. Nothing spectacular but a nice little walk.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Lots of water hazards and flooding making it impossible to do the full loop

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.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Nice easy hike . $5 entrance fee .

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Easy hike. It's was very beautiful!

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Nice hike

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.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Very nice trail

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Definitely my favorite trail so far!

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