Catherine Creek Hiking Trail

Columbia River Gorge, Washington

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Catherine Creek Hiking Trail

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  • Harvest Brodiaea (Brodiaea coronaria)- Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
  • The often dried out Catherine Creek- Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
  • The abandoned old ranch corral - Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
  • Catherine Creek's natural basalt arch rock- Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
  • Catherine Creek's valley largely filled with Oregon White Oak (Quercus garryana)- Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
  • A little guy atop Hedgehog Dogtail (Cynosurus echinatus)- Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
  • Catherine Creek Hiking Trail- Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
  • View towards Mt. Hood- Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
  • Needle-leaved navarretia (Navarretia intertexta)- Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
  • Common St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)- Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
  • Viewing looking east over Columbia River- Catherine Creek Hiking Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Phenomenal views, ranch history, desert wild flowers
Cons: 
Mid summer heat
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Alerts: 
September, 2017: The rapidly expanding Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires have forced closures throughout large areas of the Columbia River Gorge. Updated information can be found in the following links: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/ and https://gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/trail-alerts.html
Region:
Columbia River Gorge, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
2.90 mi (4.67 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Much like several other eastern Gorge day hikes including Tom McCall Point and Coyote Wall, the main reason to head so far east should be obvious: reliable sunshine, big blue skies, and far stretching vistas!  The hike up Catherine Creek is a relaxing one, and unlike its neighbor, Coyote Wall, the trail is sprinkled with numerous groves of Oregon White Oak, which provide a little shade, not to mention a cool creek to dip your feet in.  The highlight of this adventure, as most are aware, is the natural basalt rock arch, a sacred site of the Chinook Natives.  Additional perks are the old corrals of the abandoned ranch, and the vibrant display of wildflowers, including Harvest Brodiaea, common St. John’s Wort, and needle-leaved Navarretia.

If venturing to this grassy valley and ridge in the midst of the summer, you’ll enjoy a sweat reprieve and cool-off at one of the eastern Gorge’s best swimming holes, Rowland Lake.

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