Fort to Sea Trail

Nichole Lopez walks her dog Kiva at the start of the Fort to Sea Trail.

Clatsop County is a goldmine of dazzling spots to go hiking. Warrenton is no exception. While the small town is home to a variety of activities, its hikes are easily accessible and enjoyable.

Fort to Sea Trail, located in Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, lasts about 6.5 miles one way, and about 13.5 round-trip. The trail is arguably the most difficult of Warrenton’s hikes. The trail features a variety of views, much of which are of a lush forest.

Coffenbury Lake Trail, in Fort Stevens State Park, is an easier hike and lasts about 2.5 miles. The trail features views of Coffenbury Lake, wildlife and local forestry. A picnic area, campground and swimming area are also located in the park.

Cullaby Lake Trail, in Carnahan County Park, lasts about 2 miles. The trail is located off Cullaby Lake, where visitors can swim. A local park nearby is nice for taking children to play or for enjoying a picnic.

Youngs River Trail is about 2 miles and includes views of the Columbia River, Youngs River, Astoria Bridge and Youngs River Falls. Along the way, you’ll view filming spots for movies including “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3” and “Free Willy 2.”

Airport Dike Trail is about 4 miles and is one of the quieter trails to explore. The quiet path offers some of Warrenton’s best birdwatching spots, as the trail is located off Youngs Bay. Before heading out, remember to bring proper equipment like water, snacks, a mask and sunscreen.

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