Autumn amble

A trail in Ilwaco, Washington, commemorates Lewis and Clark

Clark's Tree

Bronze statue Clark's Tree

Pete Stone

Warm weather and lack of crowds make the Discovery Trail on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula a great destination this month.

Lewis and Clark, who reached these parts 200 years ago, are memorialized by Clark's Tree, a 20-foot bronze statue at the trail's north end, as well as a gray whale skeleton and other trailside monuments.

In 2006 city officials hope to complete paving the 8.2-mile trail through dunes, wetlands, and woods to Ilwaco's Main Street (currently gravel covers the trail's north and south ends). ―Bonnie Henderson

INFO: Get maps from Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau ( or 800/451-2542).

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