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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.
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.
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More important – Happy Birthday on your ? birthday..
Thanks Ed. I’m getting younger by the day, or at least that’s what I tell myself.
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A great nature blog featuring the NW.
I like the gateway sign.
Me too. There is always something inviting about a nice trail sign.
Breathtaking photography, John. I love all of them but the one of Barrier Falls really speaks to me.
Thanks for the kind words Ellen. Waterfalls are always a treat.