Clatsop Spit

South Jetty at Clatsop Spit
  • Easy (jetty exploration)
  • 1.2 miles round trip
  • No elevation gain

  • Moderate (around Clatsop Spit)
  • 4.5-mile loop
  • No elevation gain

Huge waves explode against the boulders of the South Jetty, where the Columbia River meets the ocean. Freighters steam nearby. Brown pelicans circle offshore, then suddenly dive beak-first in the hopes of scooping up fish.

To find the jetty, drive Highway . . .

For a quick hike, park at . . .

For a more strenuous . . .

Start the loop at the far . . .

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