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Best Viewpoints on the North Oregon Coast
Published: 03/03/2015  Updated: 03/04/2015
 
The grounds at the Astoria Column offer panoramic views of the Lower Columbia River region, the four-mile long Astoria-Megler Bridge and Cape Disappointment nearly 15 miles to the Northwest.
The grounds at the Astoria Column offer panoramic views of the Lower Columbia River region, the four-mile long Astoria-Megler Bridge and Cape Disappointment nearly 15 miles to the Northwest.
Photo by Gary Hayes
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Astoria Column

Coxcomb Hill rises nearly 600 feet above Astoria and is crowned by a 125-foot column built in 1926, modeled after the Trajan Column in Rome. From the grounds of the 30-acre park, you can see down the mouth of the mighty Columbia River to Cape Disappointment and the sea; and east to the Coast Range including distinctive Saddle Mountain. Climb the 164 steps to the top of the column for a 360-degree view of the entire Lower Columbia region. On a clear day you can even see Mount Hood and Mount Saint Helens. Imagine Lewis and Clark’s Corp of Discovery paddling their canoes down this expansive river and gaze across Young’s Bay to the southwest where the explorers built Fort Clatsop to endure the winter of 1806. - By Gary Hayes

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