Whether you're training for the annual Columbia River Crossing, or out looking for a fun fall run and walk, the South Clatsop Slough Scramble invites you to experience the northwest coast the way people have done it for thousands of years – on footpaths.  Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will host the 4th annual South Clatsop Slough Scramble on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2012 at 10 a.m.

  The race will start at the park's Netul Landing parking area, approximately 1.25 miles south of Fort Clatsop.

Runners and hikers can register for one of two options – a roughly 3-mile "short loop" and a 5.5-mile "long loop."  Both loops will take participants along South Clatsop Slough, through bottomlands, into the coastal hills and along the Netul River.  The loops have great views of Saddle Mountain and cross a number of scenic boardwalks and bridges.

Registration forms for the Scramble are available online at www.nps.gov/lewi, or at the Visitor Center. You can also register at the race start on the day of the scramble, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The route is not accessible for a wheelchair or stroller. Please, no pets. The event will be held rain or shine.

While there is no cost to participate, T-shirts at available for pre-order for $15 from the Lewis & Clark National Park Association, (503) 861-4452 or fax: (503) 861-4428.  Women's and men's shirt sizes from XS through XL are available. After the run/walk, stay for some family fun and the grand reopening of the Netul Landing kayak launch and picnic day use area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Board into a kayak and go for a short guided paddle, or borrow a pair of binoculars and search for wildlife. Or explore the new kid friendly features at the site.

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

Northwest Lending Group