Gnat Creek Sasquatch!

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Barrier Falls

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.

Gnat 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.

There were a few early skunk-cabbages in bloom. Soon there will be many wildflowers to be spotted along the trail.

And, here comes the excitement – – – I encountered a tall “Sasquatch” not far from the hatchery!

A very pleasant way to spend a a sunny day.

Barrier Falls

The wild denizen of the deep forest

Classic nursery stump

Skunk-cabbage bloom pushing its way up

Gateway to the upper trail

Song Sparrow enjoying the sunshine

Another classic nursery stump

A huge Cedar stump with two springboard slots



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  1. John,
    Most enjoyable travel log with pictures
    More important – Happy Birthday on your ? birthday..
    God Bless
    Your cousin

  2. Reblogged this on Book Club Discussion Questions and commented:
    A great nature blog featuring the NW.

  3. I like the gateway sign.

  4. Breathtaking photography, John. I love all of them but the one of Barrier Falls really speaks to me.

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