Hike Distance: 9.0 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1026.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 329 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 108437 feet
This is the first of many days spent on the coast, due to hot temperatures (in the 90’s) and smog from the BC wildfires. We drove out on Hwy 30 through Astoria and then south to the Sunset Beach trailhead.
We started our hike by starting out on the Fort to Sea Trail. We only needed to complete two miles of the trail, to the tunnel under Hwy 101, to connect with a previous hike we had done. This section of the Fort to Sea Trail passes by some ponds, which were quite photogenic. We then crossed a large wood bridge over a lake. There were plenty of water lilies blooming in this thin, long lake. The remainder of the trail, to the tunnel, felt like we were walking along the edge of fields, next to fences, and crossing onto different properties. There were even gated areas that we had to go through single file to transition to the next property. There were very few people on this section of the trail, which gave us some solitude.
After returning to the parking area we headed out to Sunset Beach and headed north. I forgot to mention. I forgot to mention that it was nice and cool on the coast with a mild breeze, which was such a nice contrast to the Portland/Vancouver area! The walk on the beach was quite nice, in spite of the occasional car that drove by. It was a bit surprising that there were actually so few people considering this is the summer and height of the tourist season.
A great day and well worth the drive to see such beauty and stay out of the hot smog. 🙂