Standing 600 feet above sea level–you can climb 164 steps to the top of the 125 ft. high column unleashing an unrivaled view of Young’s Bay, the Coast Range, the mighty Columbia River, and in the distance—the Pacific Ocean. The stairs are one large flight, but it will take you a while with there being 164 steps, although there are some narrow rests. When you reach the top your view will be unforgettable.
Its light shines each night as a silent testament to the pride, fortitude, and resolve of the people who settled the Pacific Northwest, and to those who live here today.
While the city of Astoria is home to approximately 10,000 people, it’s estimated that 300,000 more visit the column each year and is among the most visited parks in Oregon.
Modeled after the Trajan Column in Rome, the Astoria Column features a hand-painted spiral frieze commemorating the historic events that transpired at the mouth of the Columbia River–beginning with its discovery and ending with the arrival of the railroad–in pictures.. The monument was dedicated in 1926.