Lewis and Clark National Historical Park celebrates the community's newest trail with a free fun run and hike, the South Clatsop Slough Scramble, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The trail overlooks the recently restored historic South Clatsop Slough. Runners and hikers will cover the kind of steep terrain the explorers wrote about in their journals, terrain that the native Clatsop people covered with agility.

"We want our trails to let people experience the Northwest Coast the way people have experienced it for thousands of years - on footpaths," said park Superintendent David Szymanski. "This new trail is a great addition to the Fort to Sea Trail and the accessible Netul River Trail and, in fact, connects the two."

Last week, park maintenance employees put the finishing touches on the South Clatsop Slough Trail, which was constructed during the summer with Recovery Act funds. The project allowed the park to hire eight Youth Conservation Corps employees and two trail workers.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. at the north end of the Netul Landing and travels a roughly 3-mile loop through the park. The event will be held rain or shine.

Registration forms for the scramble are available online, or at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center. Participants can also register at the race start on the day of the scramble, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. While there is no cost to participate, T-shirts will be available for sale for $16 the day of the event. The route is not accessible for a wheelchair or stroller. Pets are not allowed.

The Scramble is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association, which supports park education and interpretative activities.

For more information, go to the park website, (www.nps.gov/lewi), or call (503) 861-2471, Ext. 214.


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