Fort to Sea and Kwis Kwis

April 25, 2016


When: Thursday, Aug. 18, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Fort to Sea and Kwis Kwis trails, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Warrenton
Led by: Carla Cole, National Park Service


The Fort to Sea Trail leads southwest from Fort Clatsop to Sunset Beach, approximating the route members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition followed to reach their salt-making operations near present-day Seaside. We will begin off US Highway 101, in the middle of the Fort to Sea Trail, and hike east on the Fort to Sea Trail over the Skipanon River and through the forest to the overlook at the trail’s high point. Then we will loop back on the park’s newest trail, the Kwis Kwis, which crosses over a lush wetland with a long wooden boardwalk.

CARLA COLE studied botany at Oregon State University and later worked around the Pacific Northwest conducting surveys for rare plants, mosses, lichen and fungi. Since 2008 she has been the natural resources program manager at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Recently she helped found the Filipendula Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon.

Hike info: This 3.7-mile hike rises about 400 feet in elevation and mostly follows narrow dirt trails that are steep and muddy in places. We will walk it at a moderate pace. Hikers will have access to a vault toilet about 1 mile from the trailhead. Please leave dogs at home.

What to Bring: Water and snacks if you need them. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the day’s weather.

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