Gnat Creek Outing, a Pleasant Hike along a Coastal Mountain Stream

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Barrier Falls

The Gnat Creek hike makes for a fun outing even on a cold, cloudy and rainy day.

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.

Huge stump with double springboard slots

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 and sweet colt’s feet in bloom. And, to my surprise, there was one wake robin about to open.

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

A pleasant way to spend a rainy day.


Wet, but idyllic place at the end of the trail

Trillium Lily


Sweet Colt’s Foot

Beginning of hike

Nursery stump

Classic rainforest

Barrier Falls (taken on a previous hike with some sunshine)



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  1. Hi John,
    I really enjoy your blogs that take me on the journey with you. It’s a great way to see the places I can’t get to myself.
    It occurred to me today that inserting the pictures into the narrative might enhance that. By starting with the trailhead as you begin the journey, then a photo of the next thing you describe, etc.
    just a thought and would give more context to both narrative and photos.
    Also, Sasquatch was fun. 😉

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