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Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop
(tour of the fort)
0.4-mile loop
No elevation gain

Moderate (3 walks)
4.4 miles round trip
50 feet elevation gain

Difficult (Fort-To-Sea Trail, with shuttle)
6.9 miles one way
340 feet elevation gain 

Left: Fort Clatsop Reconstruction

Lewis and Clark’s band of explorers built Fort Clatsop in a mere two weeks, just in time to spend the Christmas of 1805 indoors. For the next three months they waited out the cold, rainy winter on a river south of present-day Astoria

In 2006 the National Park Service rebuilt a replica of the log stockade at what is thought to be the original site. For a one-hour visit, stroll a 0.4-mile loop path from a visitor center to the fort. If you have a couple of hours, explore the park on three short walks. For a longer visit, hike the entire Fort-To-Sea Trail, a route blazed by the explorers through the rainforest to Sunset Beach on their way to boil saltwater to restock their salt supply.

Drive Highway 101 south ...

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range.

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