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Cathedral Tree Trail, OR

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 254 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4
Interest Perennial Creek & Peak
Backpack No
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
12  2010-11-21 Dano
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Preferred   Sep, Jul, Aug, Jun
Seasons   ALL
Sun  7:12am - 4:46pm
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See both natural and man-made beauty
by Dano

Astoria has many fun things to do--the Maritime Museum, the Goonies House, Fort Stevens, Flavel House, and great restaurants. It is the South shore of where the mighty Columbia River meets the ocean. There is a short hike that starts right in town that takes you through a lovely forest, and finishes at the historic Astoria Column. The trailhead sign shows a primitive map. Park here and walk up the wide path that slowly but steadily heads uphill. There is a section of the forest that appears to be both thinned out, and burned in a forest fire. After about a mile, take the elevated platform and get a good overall view of 300-year-old cathedral tree. You can walk right up to the tree and admire its majesty.

Head West along the trail, which alternates between flat and uphill terrain. There are a few side trails, but if you continue straight West and watch for trail signs, you will finish at a series of wooden steps. Just past the steps the view opens up, and the beautifully constructed Astoria column appears. 164 steps inside the column take you to lovely views of the surrounding area in all directions. There is also a memorial Indian burial canoe and a small gift shop.

Dogs are fine on the trail, but would not be allowed in the Column.

    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Once in Astoria, from US Highway 30, turn South on 16th street, and go several blocks uphill. Then turn Left (East) on Irving, and at about 28th street, there is a small area to park on the South side of the road (see photo).
    page created by Dano on Nov 21 2010 7:08 pm
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