Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
360.00 ft (109.73 m)
Trail type
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
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This short hiking trail through Astoria's hillside urban forest is a perfect way to see two of the town's most unique landmarks.  Departing from Irving Street high above Astoria's historic downtown, the trail ventures one-half mile to the giant Sitka spruce known as the 'Cathedral Tree' that has survived more than three centuries of hurricane-force winds and recent human development.

From the Cathedral Tree, if you extend your adventure an additional mile through a well-preserved coastal forest to the top of Coxcomb Hill, you will reach the iconic Astoria Column and to enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views of the region.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Giant Sitka spruce. Unique access to Astoria Column.


Adjacent forest clearing.

Trailhead Elevation

200.00 ft (60.96 m)


Historically significant
Big vistas
Old-growth forest


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


Loop option: If you want a little variety (or you just don't wanna slide your way back down all those slippery roots), find the trail behind the Astoria Column gift shop at the top that descends the open lawn to meet up with Coxcomb Drive at the bottom. On your right will be a trail sign at the edge of the trees that leads to the back of the Clatsop Community College parking lot. The trail picks up again about 100 ft away behind the designated smoking shelter and drops you off at 17th Street and Jerome Ave. Then, you just walk downhill one block to Irving Street, hang a right, and the Cathedral Tree trail head is about 0.75 miles up the road. Nearly the same mileage, either way.
Nice hike, but muddy. Some of the grip tread on the decking has worn off. Climb to Column was well worth it.
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