Gnat Creek Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Astoria, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
The map is kind of confusing but a nice little hike
Alright hike. Took out seven year old. Little more than 2.5 miles if you do the upper and lower together.
Very nice! Just right to let the terriers burn off some energy before walking around downtown Astoria. It took about 1.75 hours and there was enough incline to make my heart sit up and pay attention. No gnats! And s pretty spot by the creek near the end.
This is an absolutely awesome trip through the woods! 100% runnable, a bit of mud in the winter, but usable year-round. I have run it dozens of times and rarely see another user. Highly recommend!
I did the upper portion of this trail past the hatchery. Once you leave the interpretative nature trail portion the trail narrows into a normal hiking trail. It follows along the ravine up the creek going through lovely stands of conifers. There is a fair amount of elevation gain on this portion, I'd put it at around 700 ft, and the trail was approx 2.5 miles long.
Trail has been widened all the way through by the forest crew. Very nice Climb, nice loop at end of the trail with a few benches to sit for lunch.
This is a great hike, beautiful and a great hike to do in the morning or evening. Remember to bring change to feed the fish once you reach the hatchery at the top! This trail is also kid friendly.