Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail

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By Visit Oregon

May 10, 2022 / 1:09 am

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Our adventure begins just south of the coastal town of Seaside, Oregon, and explores the grandeur of Ecola State Park. This section of the Oregon Coast Trail begins at the Tillamook Head Trailhead and climbs 1350 feet through old growth Sitka Spruce to Clark’s Mountain before descending through Hiker’s Camp to Indian Beach. The trail continues another mile to the southernmost parking lot at Ecola Point.
In January 1806, Captain William Clark along with Sacajawea and other members of the Lewis & Clark expedition used this trail to trade with a small Tillamook native village called Necost near today’s Cannon Beach. Clark described Tillamook Head as “the steepest worst & highest mountain I ever ascended.” This, mind you, came after a year’s journey crossing the Rocky Mountains.
Today’s explorer can choose to complete this hike as a 6.1 mile point to point, if you are lucky enough to have a vehicle stationed at the Ecola State Park parking lot. Otherwise, it becomes a 12.2 mile out and back journey through some of the prettiest scenery Oregon has to offer. Either way, the hiker wins.
Join my son Taylor and I as we explore this historic trail on a beautiful Oregon summer day.

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