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Dates: 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019
City / State: Astoria, OR
Event Name: Ft. Clatsop-Sunset Beach
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 111646 2019/Y1136
Distance - Trail Ratings: 5k/10k/13k - 2B
Description: Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Option 1 - 5k/10k/13k Begins at Netul Landing area of Ft. Clatsop. About 1k along the Lewis & Clark River and then about 5k of the Fort-to-Sea trail. Approximates the first half of the route that Lewis & Clark took from their 1805 winter headquarters at Ft. Clatsop to the Pacific Ocean. 5k route is rated 1B; 10k & 13k are rated 2B. No charge for parking or for walking the trail, but if you go into Visitor's Center or the Fort replica, National Park Fees apply. Carry water. Mosquito repellent advisable during the summer. Option 2 - 10k -rated 2 Out and back begins at the Sunset Beach trailhead, crosses the Skipanon River, passes the Pioneer Presbyterian Church and cemetery to the 1/2 way point of the Fort-to-Sea trail. This part of the trail crosses pasture where you may encounter a herd of cattle grazing or resting. Carry water. Mosquito repellent advisable during the summer. Option 3 - Walk from the Ft. Clatsop Visitor Center to the Sunset Beach trailhead. 10k one way and requires pick up at the end of the trail. Arrange for a wait car or call a cab.
Amenities: Strollers: NO | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: No | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Boardwalks, National Parks Centennial Challenge
Start Times: Daily - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Columbia Memorial Hospital
Start Point / Driving Directions: 2111 Exchange Street, Astoria, OR 97103. US30 to Astoria. From the east, turn left onto Exchange (opposite of the Shell Station) to Hospital parking at 20th & Exchange. From the west, turn right onto 20th Street to Hospital parking. Wooden file cabinet located in the West Entrance lobby to your right, as you enter via the revolving door. If West Entrance is closed, use Emergency entrance to gain access. Or register at Motel 6, 2369 S. Roosevelt Drive, Seaside, OR 97138, located just south of the traffic light at Avenue U on HWY 101/Roosevelt Drive. Register either place, then drive to Ft. Clatsop or Sunset Beach to begin event. Driving directions to walk start are on the walk instructions.
Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
Comments: Vault toilet available in the Netul parking area and at the Sunset Beach Trailhead, as well as 1/2 way point on the trail. Fort Clatsop is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. If you are working on the Honoring Our Flag Special Program, do either Option #1 or Option #3, as the flag is flown at the Visitor Center. A water tower is visible when doing Option 2.

The Fort-to-Sea trail wends its way through the woods from Fort Clatsop to Sunset Beach on the Pacific Ocean, covering land that once was home to the Clatsop Indians. While the Trail is navigable in any weather, please note that rain can make the trail slick in some places and muddy in others. Also, while the abundant wildlife that you might see, such as deer, elk or eagles, or bear, bobcat or beaver, might be shy, the domesticated animals, such as cows, you can encounter in the pastures on the south side of U.S. 101 might not be.
Host Club: Turnaround Trekkers
Contact: Debbie Brown (503) 325-3863
Website: www.turnaroundtrekkers.org
E-Mail Contact: debbra.brown@gmail.com