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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.
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.