Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was very at home with salmon and their habits. I remember taking field trips as a young student to visit salmon hatcheries, even then being amazed in the abundance of those little fishies. It is not uncommon in this particular area with big volume rivers and oceans to attend events that revolve around salmon jogs.
I always like hiking, so I wanted to share with you this great resource for hiking trails in and around Astoria. Just make sure you have the proper gear and comfortable shoes, and let someone know your plan.
If you are a newbie to hiking, or just want to see a little of the great outdoors without becoming a heavy-duty hiker, with lot’s of equipment, then I suggest the Netual River Hike. The Netul River is named for Lewis and Clark, and the Netul River Trail and Netul Landing honor the former name. The landing is a great place to launch a kayak or canoe for a paddle trip, if you are into water sports. This hike description begins at Fort Clatsop, but you can also park for free at Netul Landing Trailhead and reverse the trip to visit the fort at the end of your walk.
If you get a chance, go up to Fort Clatsop. It was the winter camp for the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery from December 1805 to March 1806. The visitor center includes a replica of Fort Clatsop similar to the one built by the explorers, an interpretive center offering an exhibit hall, gift shop and two films. Very educational for the little ones, and great scenery.