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The Gnat Creek hike is always fun. The trail begins at a parking area about 20 miles east of Astoria.
The first 1 1/2 miles passes through a hemlock and Sitka spruce forest with massive nursery stumps remaining from 100-year old logging operations. The creek gurgled and splashed as it cascaded along near the trail.
After crossing Highway 30, there was a small fish hatchery to explore. Then the trail led over two miles into the deep upper valley of Gnat Creek.
I saw black bear sign and elk tracks along the way. Early wildflowers dappled the area along the trail with many colors. There were trilliums, skunk-cabbage, wood sorrel, stream violets and salmonberry.
A very pleasant way to spend a a sunny day.