Catherine Creek

AreaColumbia Gorge (east - WA)
(Gifford Pinchot National Forest)
Best time to visitMid-March through early May
Blooming NowYES
Elevation200-600 feet
Trail Info2 miles round-trip, 350 feet elevation gain (arch loop)
 Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide
 Hike information - Washington Trails Association
DogsAllowed, but must be kept on leash AT ALL TIMES.

NOTE: The blue marker indicates the trailhead.


Catherine Creek is contained within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It is a beautiful area with various mostly easy trail options so that everyone can enjoy the wildflowers which start blooming here early each Spring.

During the month of March, lovely purple Grass Widows (Olsynium douglasii) blanket the fields on both sides of the old highway. By April, these have yielded to Common Camas (Camassia quamash), Meadow Death-camas (Zigadenus venenosus), and a host of others.


Take Interstate 84 east to Hood River. Take exit 64 and drive north across the Hood River Bridge ($2 toll for passenger cars). Turn right onto Washington SR-14, and drive east for 5.8 miles. Turn left at Rowland Lake onto County Road 1230 (Old Highway No. 8), which follows the north end of the lake.

You will see the parking area on your left (north side of the road) approximately 1.3 miles from SR-14. If you are visiting on a weekend, you may want to carpool because the parking area is generally full.

There is a pit toilet, but no other facilities. The closest "real" rest area is at Chamberlain Lake, three miles east along Highway 14.

Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on-leash.

UPDATE 03/2008: There have been numerous break-ins at the Catherine Creek parking area. I strongly advise you not to leave any valuables in your car!

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Photo Gallery

Bi-Colored Cluster Lily at Catherine Creek

Big-Head Clover at Catherine Creek

Chocolate Lily at Catherine Creek

Common Camas at Catherine Creek

Dutchman's Breeches at Catherine Creek

Great Hound`s Tongue at Catherine Creek

Meadow Death-Camas at Catherine Creek

Shooting Stars at Catherine Creek

Columbia Gorge Lupine at Catherine Creek

Upland Larkspur at Catherine Creek

Rigid Fiddleneck at Catherine Creek

Waterfall along lower Catherine Creek

Rocky field next to parking area

Hillside next to paved loop at Catherine Creek

Eastern Gorge view from above the arch

Gorge view facing south from above the arch

False Agoseris at Catherine Creek

Grass Widows at Catherine Creek

Field of Grass Widows at Catherine Creek

Dutchman's Breeches at Catherine Creek

Clasping Henbit at Catherine Creek

Bitterroot at Catherine Creek

Bitterroot at Catherine Creek

Barrett's Penstemon at Catherine Creek

Lupine and Balsamroot at Catherine Creek

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