Cathedral Tree Trail

Cathedral Tree Trail, Astoria: Address, Cathedral Tree Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Cathedral Tree Trail
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Hrdcr
40 contributions
Friends
While beautiful and worth it, I want to caution people that many reviews say it is a short trail, but it is not easy. My friend has an old ankle injury and he is now very swollen and in pain after our walk here. There were many muddy spots, uneven, slippery, wooden steps, and steps up among roots. I loved it- the area was gorgeous and had great clean air and wonderful trees, moss, ferns...But it was more difficult than my Veteran buddy and I thought it would be.
Written January 13, 2018
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Melinda F
Oahu, HI6 contributions
Beautiful walk through the forest. Mild easy walk to the Cathedral Tree. But much steeper and very slippery in many spots up to the Astoria Column. Bring good walking shoes with traction and maybe a walking stick if you can for the 3 mile roundtrip to the column. Consider driving up to the column separately to walk the 164 steps unless you want the extra exercise!
Written September 1, 2014
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Noname necessary
Astoria, Oregon, United States31 contributions
Couples
You can walk through and sit inside the tree. If you enjoy hiking, great--I really do love the woods. If you don't enjoy the journey, you may be disappointed you walked a mile to see this tree. It's just a big, hollowed-out tree. If it gets people exercising and out in the woods--great!
Written February 25, 2018
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JFlyFish
Yakima, WA137 contributions
Family
Decided to do this hike while visiting the Column. It is fairly quick going down from the Column and can be steep (in places) going back up to the Column parking area. It is a beautiful hike among the trees but could be strenuous (in places) for younger or older people. The trail could be muddy and difficult in wet conditions. We visited during a dry week so the trail dry and in perfect condition. If visiting the Column, then I would definitely recommend the hike during dry conditions. Just know that in certain sections, the trail will get your heart going (I accessed the tail via the Column and not the Irving St. trail head)!
Written August 1, 2017
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rolson2
Bakersfield, CA42 contributions
Couples
We hiked the Cathedral Tree Trail from the Irving Street entrance up to the Astoria Column. Outstanding little hike! A little steep in some places but generally a nice 3 mile out and back hike. The volunteers who maintain this trail do an excellent job with the stairways and boardwalks where they are needed. We had to look twice to find the actual Cathedral Tree, but no worries, we had a great experience with this trail.
Written July 23, 2014
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clicknathan
traveler139 contributions
Couples
Not an old growth forest, but beautiful all the same. It's harder and harder to find true forests in Oregon these days, but this little trail from a remote corner neighborhood of Astoria to the Column is easy and full of lush green. The Cathedral Tree is cool, having grown on a nurse log which has long since deteriorated, leaving a sort of cave under the big sitka spruce that you can climb inside.
Written May 14, 2014
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amberschultes
Philomath, OR23 contributions
Couples
My husband and I walked this trail to the Astoria Column and of course the Cathedral Tree. We really enjoy walks and this one was amazing. So many trees and plant life all around. At some points it turned into a hike, but I'd definitely do it again.
Written September 17, 2017
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BlueFrogHops
Hingham, MA226 contributions
Solo
Over the years, visiting Astoria, I've taken this lovely trail many times. The trail head starts @ 28th & Irving Avenue in the hills above Astoria. It's a fairly easy hike, and you can take a detour to see the Cathedral Tree, a Sitka Spruce. If you keep on your path you will come to the famous Astoria Column, which commemorates the settling of Astoria & the end of the Louis & Clark expedition.

Alternatively, I've taken the path 'left', opposite on the trail (facing up the hill, if I remember correctly - just before you get to the Cathedral Tree) and you can then follow a long path through the rain forest with views of the Columbia off to your left. It's a couple of miles but very interesting. Sometimes the trail closes in on you with flora so that it seems there is no trail at all, but if you keep going, you will find really wonderful views of the River and some excellent trees & sights. The trail comes out, after a long walk down, through a magical overhead forest, to the same Irving Avenue.

Try it!
Written October 13, 2016
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snowbonk
Bloomington, IN29 contributions
Couples
This hike is NOT what I would consider quick at all. A lot of reviews say that, and I expected a quick trip. That is not the case. It is a fun hike, and absolutely beautiful. There are a few steep areas, I actually slid down one of them. It took us maybe about a half hour from the trail end to the tree. Now, we are not avid hikers, but are by no means in bad shape. It may have felt longer since we were expecting a quick trip.

If you enjoy nature and hiking, please do this trail. It was a nice break to all of the things we were doing in town, a nice getaway without our phones and just the two of us. The nature along the way was great to see, as well as the little critters we happened across!
Written July 26, 2015
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ROMAURBIS753
Saratoga Springs, NY23 contributions
Couples
The trail has a few epic sightlines into more trees, but aside from that all you see is forest. It is muddy, miserable, bug-infested, and overly long. Markings run out as you near Astoria Column. We lucked out and chose the right paths. Just keep to the right and keep going up.
Written June 29, 2013
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