Gnat Creek Trail

EASY 40 reviews

Gnat Creek Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Astoria, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
984 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

hiking
27 days ago

Nice trail, good place to stop on your way to Astoria. Not crowded for a weekend, did the whole trail and there were only seven other hikers. There were a few red and blue huckleberries.

hiking
2 months ago

We completed this hike with 4 kids (two 9 yr olds, 7, and 6 yr old) and it was great! Not too much elevation gain, lots of beautiful scenery including the creek and waterfalls, and no mud! The fish hatchery was a great resting place and the kids loved being able to feed the fish. We would definitely do this hike again!

hiking
2 months ago

We completed this trail on 5/20/18. It was a perfect day to complete the hike as there was a nice breeze and little sun. We started at the lower trail adding an additional 2.5 miles. This hike is a little strenuous so be prepared.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, easy to find, some hills, beautiful scenery, only saw 2other people before we hit the fish hatchery. Went early March , still some muddy spots, looking forward to doing it again in summer.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

This hike tracked longer than stated, 7.2 mile. Great hike, but not all that easy. Children may struggle with the elevation change if you hike all the way to the end.
Great for trail running on the decent.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Great spot for a short hike lots of beautiful scenery sights and sounds

trail running
Friday, December 23, 2016

The Gnat Creek Trail is the greatest resource for trail running on Highway 30, and perhaps in all of northwest Oregon! Awesome curves, hills, and forest; runnable year-round; solitude and inspiration await you! Try it, you'll love it! I do!!!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The map is kind of confusing but a nice little hike

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Alright hike. Took out seven year old. Little more than 2.5 miles if you do the upper and lower together.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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.

trail running
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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!

Friday, July 04, 2014

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.

hiking
Friday, June 14, 2013

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.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2011

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.

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