Tracy Hill Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,223' 373 m
Descent: -1,220' -372 m
High: 1,503' 458 m
Low: 287' 87 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A climb of Tracy Hill for views of the Columbia River and the Catherine Creek Arch.”— Bruce Hope
At 1.6 miles from its junction with the Catherine Creek Trail, this trail makes a sharp turn to the right (east), climbs past the junction with another use trail, and comes to an old stock pond high on Tracy Hill. This pond is ephemeral, so don't count on it as a water source. But it's a good place to stop for lunch as the views - particularly of Mount Hood and the Columbia River - are magnificent on a clear day.
From the pond, follow the trail northeast into some trees and across a gully to where it makes a sharp turn to the right (southeast) and starts down the hill. This hill also offers excellent views and is also covered with coloful wildflowers in the Spring (April - May).
At about 800 feet, the trail starts trending to the right (southwest) as it enters an intermittent drainage. Pay attention here as there are a number of other use trails. You'll want to be descending to the southwest and in about 0.5 miles should reach the fork you took on the way up. From here, retrace your steps past the Catherine Creek Arch to the trailhead.
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