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Catherine Creek

Intermediate
 3.8 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short hike up through wildflowers to a view of the Gorge.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Loop

1,005' 306 m

High

263' 80 m

Low

752' 229 m

Up

751' 229 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route is a scenic loop that provides a good climb and descent just off Old Hwy 8 with rewarding views and wildflowers along the way.

Description

Pull over on the side of the road at the Catherine Creek Day Use Area and Trailhead and start the ascent right from the parking area. Hike up as high as you want (you'll be able to see the Spirit Quest Trail below you to the left [southwest] occasionally). We turned right near the top onto the Catherine Creek Trail - Atwood Road Connector and followed the Sunflower Hill Trail to Atwood Road and back through wildflowers down to the trailhead to make this into a loop.

Flora & Fauna

Bullsnake, turkey vultures, and red-tailed hawks.

Contacts

Land Manager: USFS - Gifford Pinchot

Shared By:

Michiko Audrey

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 8 votes

#1

in Syncline

#3377

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  3.8 from 8 votes
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#1

in Syncline

#187

in Washington

#3,377

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Photos

Mount Hood from the lower Catherine Creek Trail
Mar 4, 2018 near White S…, WA
Enjoy a pleasant Gorge view from Catherine Creek.
May 2, 2017 near White S…, WA
Looking over the Columbia River Gorge.
May 2, 2017 near White S…, WA
A bull snake slithers across the trail.
May 2, 2017 near White S…, WA
At this point, the trail turns right onto the fire road.
May 2, 2017 near White S…, WA
Mount Hood from the upper Catherine Creek Trail
Mar 4, 2018 near White S…, WA

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Sep 15, 2021
David Emrick
9h 11m
Aug 6, 2020
Jason Check
2.5mi — 1h 07m
Mar 24, 2020
Eli Dukes
May 13, 2019
Gilbert De Luna
2h 00m
Apr 28, 2019
Jack R.
Apr 14, 2019
Olivia Stockman
Slow hike with the dogs. No one else on a late Sunday afternoon. 2.4mi
Jan 12, 2019
Angel Anderson
Sep 18, 2018
Nathan Valentine