Looking for a great trail near Astoria, Oregon? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Columbian White-Tailed Deer National Wildlife Refuge, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like John Day County Park or Big Creek Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Astoria ranging from 1.5 to 1.9 miles and from 49 to 597 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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muddy
13 days ago

beautiful well marked trail of reforested trees with lots of mossy trees and ferns. Trail follows the water with the sound of babbling water as you hike the moderate trail with uprooted trees and rooty spots. we hiked the first mile and half until the highway crossing and then turned back due to time constraints.

hiking
13 days ago

I would recommend this trail to anybody who enjoys hiking. Four of us between 49 and 57 years old hiked it on March 9, 2019. We had two Fitbits and a phone app that all came up with about 8.8 miles. We started at the campground trail head and went up through the hatchery and all the way to the loop at the end. The creek is full of waterfalls and there’s many different tree species. The trail is up and down small inclines with maybe 2 or 3 that are a little linger but overall just easy, short up and down inclines. There’s a few muddy/rocky drainage crossings but they’re small and you can use the rocks to keep from getting in the mud. It was one of the best hikes we’ve done! Great hike, highly recommend!!

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muddy
snow
14 days ago

It was a nice hike. Trail was muddy in areas, snowy in others, but still enjoyable. Not too strenuous and the weather was perfect.

hiking
18 days ago

Overall gentle hike alongside a river. No great vistas or climactic moments but generally pleasant. Could be shortened by starting at the fish hatchery.

A good little hike that has some elevation and navigating around tree roots. Not just an easy walking path. Parking is limited on the Irving Street side. But that is the way I would suggest to start. The reward at the top, with the Column and the vistas of the Columbia river, is well worth the climbing to get there!

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful sunny day for a hike. I wasn’t planning to do this one because- due to Saddle Mt. still has snow & muddy spots. This one definitely made my legs hurt like Saddle Mt. The summit is a loop and very nice areas to sit and take in nature. Not many people know about this one- but it’s definitely one I will return to.

hiking
30 days ago

I wouldn't say its intermediate but it sure is nice. short elevation gains and grewt views at least for the 1st mile up. we came last fall and my 3 year old got stung 50 feet in. 8 months later he was ready to hike again so we came back and conquered the memory.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful hike. There are actually 2 parts that combine to make up the 6.6 miles. We hiked the upper Gnat Creek trail, which when looped from the fish hatchery parking lot was 5 miles. This is not an "Easy" hike. I would suggest it is more "Moderate". There are several fairly steep, but short climbs and over all you gain quite a bit of elevation. The path is mostly clear and well maintained, but there are some slick spots that should not be considered "easy" to navigate either on their ascent or descent. We hiked about 1 week after some pretty heavy rainfall in late January. There were a few muddy spots, but not bad at all. I had expected it to be much worse. The hike is a beautiful, lush forest full of mosses, ferns and some old growth timbers. There are many views of the creek, which was running pretty full and fast. You get to enjoy the sounds of the water pretty much the entire hike. I definitely want to make this a seasonal hike and explore it as the seasons change. We hiked the 5 miles in about 2.5 hours, going at a slow but steady pace, with a short break at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and sweet. Steep descent.

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muddy
2 months ago

This is a good trail to do in conjunction with Geocaching! Great view at the top and lots of opportunities to learn along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

really nice hike though went on a hot summer day trying to escape Portland heat. didn't succeed but enjoyed the hike. called gnat Creek for a reason. lots of bugs! but really nice when you get up into the redwoods and have the nice Creek to cool off

hiking
2 months ago

Couldn’t find the trailhead so we just walked down to the river and admired the falls. Didn’t see the trash and feces mentioned in other posts, but we didn’t hike the actual trail either since we never found it.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome for the whole family. 6 yr old granddaughter made it to the end and back as did this Nana! Beautiful scenery including Elk. Had a nice little snack and rest at the end to get us back to the hatchery. Wonderful day!

Nice and easy hike! Scenic route to the Astoria column. I would highly recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

Trail area is used by the homeless. Human feces and toilet paper on the trail. Trash everywhere. This area could use cleaning up and security. What a shame.

Beautiful little walk in a majestic old growth forest.

great running

hiking
5 months ago

Well maintained, trails are clean and not sloppy muddy. Nice peaceful walk in the woods that takes only a morning or an afternoon.

Great forested hike including a grand tree. The destination provides a stunning view of the surrounding area including Saddle Mountain.

hiking
8 months 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.

This was a gorgeous hike. I just moved to this area from a very flat area of Texas, so some of the inclines were a little difficult for me, but mostly it was a fun and easy hike. I will definitely go back as there were many trails off the main one that I would like to explore.

The hike was so spectacular and the views were so stunning! Bring good shoes and a lot of water!

This hike was insanely beautiful.

This was a nice easy trail for family and I. My 3 and half year old was able to hike the majority of the trail while holding a grownups hand. It’s convenient to get to, you quickly feel like you are outside the city and the views from the column are amazing on a clear day.

hiking
9 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
10 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.

trail running
10 months ago

Honestly, this trail is really amazing. While it may be an easy hike, it truly is a gem in Astoria. You can climb all the way up to the Astoria Column, or you can explore the various branch points in the trail. There are a few perpetually muddy spots, but they are easy to navigate around. I run this trail many times a week, and it never gets old. There are also edible oyster mushrooms hidden throughout! Great outdoor adventure for the young and old alike!

hiking
Thursday, March 15, 2018

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
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Beautiful January day. Trail was a bit muddy but worth the hike.

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