Posts Tagged ‘Fort Clatsop’

Hike to the Astoria Column on the Cathedral Tree Trail

September 30th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

sgraffito frieze on Astoria Column with blue sky and clouds in backgroundFall is a beautiful season for hiking in the Pacific Northwest, and Astoria offers the perfect combination of a short hike to enjoy our urban forest and a visit to the Astoria Column – hiking the Cathedral Tree Trail to one of Astoria’s most famous landmarks and its spectacular views. Of course, you can drive up Coxcomb Hill to the parking area for the Column, but the soft surface footpath offers the additional reward of a moderately easy 1.6 mile loop through Sitka spruce, western hemlock and alder to reach the Column. As you ascend through the woods, you will see interpretive signs explaining both the history of Lewis and Clark and native plants. The Cathedral Tree, for which the trail is named, is a 200 foot high Sitka spruce over 300 years old.

The Astoria Column is modeled after Trajan’s Column in Rome (A.D. 106). It’s sgraffito frieze celebrates three historic events at the mouth of the Columbia River: Captain Robert Gray’s explorations, the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and the arrival of the ship Tonquin to establish an outpost of the Pacific Fur Company. Scenes depicting these events spiral 125 feet from the base of the Column to just beneath its viewing platform.

view of Astoria, Astoria-Megler Bridge, Columbia River, WA state in distanceA narrow 166-step spiral staircase leads you up to the viewing platform. Your rewards are views of Astoria, the Astoria-Megler Bridge spanning the Columbia River, Young’s Bay and Young’s River, and the Coast Range beyond Saddle Mountain to the south and beyond Cape Disappointment to the north. In the distance, you may see the Pacific, and on a clear day, even Mount Olympus.

Descend from the Column to see a replica of Chief Coboway’s burial canoe on the Column grounds. The memorial honors the leader of the Clatsops, who was given Fort Clatsop as a parting gift by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1806.

You’ll find the Cathedral Tree Trailhead (and several parking spaces) at Irving Avenue and 28th Street, about a mile and a half from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast. Note that the trail is steep in some places, and may be muddy in wet weather, so footwear with good grip is advised. Detailed information about the trail is available on OregonHikers.org and Alltrails.com. The Column is among the most visited parks in the state of Oregon, so be sure to add it to your bucket list for Astoria, and reserve your stay at our bed and breakfast.

Photos courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Enjoy Fort Clatsop Historical Programs Summer 2017

June 29th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

While visiting Astoria this summer, step back two centuries in time to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park and experience what life was like for the Corps of Discovery when they wintered at Fort Clatsop in 1805-6. The log fort is a replica of the one described in William Clark’s journal.  A 50-minute audio tour includes journal readings, music of the Corps of Discovery, and voices of the descendants of the Clatsop and Chinook Native American tribes who helped the Expedition survive the winter.

Park Rangers in period costumes standing in front of Fort ClatsopDuring the summer months, you can watch Fort Rangers dressed in buckskins reenacting Raising the Colors at 9:30 am, and Lowering the Flag at 5:30 pm. Throughout the day, you can see the Rangers demonstrating skills essential for the Corps’ survival, such as hide tanning, using flint and steel to make fires, writing with quills, and flintlock shooting. Every day the Fort presents Flintlocks: Tools of Survival at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, and Historical Demonstrations from 11:00 am -1:00 pm and 2:00 -4:00 pm.

Park Ranger in period costume standing by entrance to log Fort ClatsopOther programs offered this summer include Neutel Trail Guided River Walks at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each day.  If you enjoy longer hikes, the Park includes almost 15 miles of trails following paths similar to those taken by members of the Expedition. At the Visitor Center, you can see films, displays of artifacts, and browse the gift shop with books and media related to the Expedition.

Summer is a beautiful season on the Oregon coast, and we’re waiting to welcome you to Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast while you enjoy all the Astoria area offers, from history to hiking, and Railroad Days to the Regatta!

Fort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
June 21, 2017 – September 4, 2017
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Admission: Adults (ages 16+): $5 per person for a 7 day pass; Children 0-15 free.
National Parks and Federal Lands Passes and Oregon Coast Passes are honored.

Images courtesy of the National Park Service

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