Catherine Creek

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Catherine Creek is a 2 mile loop trail located near Lyle, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for birding & hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Lidington Stefan (11)

1 Completed1 Reviews

March 1 - it was 60f and sunny. The spring flowers were out, it was green, and there were water pools and flowing streams! It was so awesome!

Jess Jones (251)

7 Completed7 Reviews

very nice

Aaron Perkins (147)

3 Completed2 Reviews

We lived this simple yet fun walk. Not too hard or easy great views in a few spots.

Bryan Levesque (4047)

33 Completed18 Reviews

Overall this is a pretty cool short trail with a sort of split personality. After leaving the trail head stick to the right, walk down the road for a short distance as you enter the narrow valley. While we missed out on all of the wild flowers and the creek itself due to our November hike, it was still very cool to look at the fallen leaves and bare trees. The almost dead feel of the trees and plants felt in place with the abandoned corral and downed shed/house. The valley blocked the winds from the gorge as well. The views of the arch were very cool. The arch is fenced off in the valley as well as up top. After passing the corral, the trail climbs up a steeper road where you are greeted to a large row of power lines. That part sucks, but hey, you can't always get the perfect trail. Under the power lines veer off of the main trail to the right and take the now narrow trail. follow this around to the top of the ridge where you get all the cool views of the Columbia River. It was quite overcast the day we went so we were not able to see Mt. Hood. While that sucked, it was still very nice, and very windy, at the top. Cool views back down at the corral and the valley we had just walked in. There are more power lines however along the top, As we neared the end of the trail, we went East (to our left) and started to walk along the road for a while before i realized that we had missed the turn West to the parking lot. The spit is very close to yet even more power lines and I missed the right path as I was wondering if the lines were low enough to hit my head. We did have to walk along the Old Hwy 8 road for about 1/4 mile back to the parking lot. that part also sucked.

Overall cool little trail. Other reviews mention poison oak, I don't know if there was any as I could not pick it out of a line up. We were both in jeans and coats due to the cool weather and neither of us appear to have any negative affects. I would love to come back in the spring when the creek is full and the flowers are in bloom, and the weather is clear. But if you haven't been in November, it's pretty cool its self. The lack of a creek and leaves on the trees add to the feel of the abandoned area.

Timothy Annable (379)

17 Completed12 Reviews

Hiked Catherine Creek in late May on a sunny Saturday. Not very crowded which was nice, but it was very warm. We started out on the hike described in the description on this site. Pretty easy hike, slight upgrade,not very challenging. Past the arch, keep going up until up go under the power lines. At this point we split of to the left from the described trail and followed the path up. The trail becomes a little more narrow and steep through this portion. We climbed until the trail led to the top of the ridge. At this point the trail splits right and left. Go left if you want to continue going up. We chose to go right and started heading back down. We connected back up with the described trail and followed it all the way back down to the road. This side trip added about .8 miles; it was worth it to add the extra difficulty that you don't get on the main trail. The views from the top of the ridge are spectacular. Views of the gorge, Hood River, islands in the river and Mt. Hood were picture worthy. The trail down is rocky so wear sturdy shoes. Unfortunately when you get to the top of the arch, it is fenced off so you can't really see it. Overall this was fun but very warm day.

Mitch Campbell (9085)

157 Completed94 Reviews

A pretty area during spring with several connecting trail options to explore that can range from hiking through trees to following rocky cliffs, to wide open meadows high above the Columbia River Gorge. I prefer hikes that are a little more challenging but it was ok.

Keri Sprenger (5206)

116 Completed48 Reviews

This is a great little hike with a lot of diversity. You can see water rushing through the creeks, a natural rock arch, spectacular wildflowers and amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge. Bring a good description of this hike, as the whole Catherine Creek area is a bit of a work in progress. Trails intersect everywhere and signage is completely lacking. Craig Romano's 'Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge' is the book we use for the best description of this hike, as well as descriptions of where the intersecting trails will take you. Do this one in early spring for the amazing wildflower displays and add on the lower loops handicapped accessible area as well.

Matt Rockowski (822)

12 Completed7 Reviews

This is a traific small hike if you want to see some good views of the gorge without straining yourself. One issue I had was the trail head, even though there is information about the area, nothing about the loop. When you start out take the dirt road to the right and not the left. It almost feels like you are entering onto someones property, dont worry the road ends soon. One ascent you will pass a nice looking creek and a stone arch off to the right (clearly marked off). On the way down you start noticing the views, and pass over a few creeks, which are a highlight of the trail. I recomend this hike for anyone who wants to do a small day hike. Many places to have a picnic.

Rebecca Littrell (1530)

40 Completed17 Reviews

Catherine Creek upper left trail. Terrain is not overly friendly, jagged rocks most of the way. Very few shaded areas and lots of poison oak along the way. This is not recommended to those who don't like to walk up a gradual slope. View: Panoramic views around every turn. Beautiful view of the Columbia River east and west. View of Rowland Lake. The landscape/foilage was dry and yellow which allowed its own unique beauty. Suggested trail hike: Spring or Fall after the heat has dropped. Bring plenty of water and light snack. Wear pants not shorts or capris. Wear a good pair of shoes NOT sandals or flip-flops. Child friendly: yes but to a certain point. My 3 year old did great but she is use to doing this stuff. The average 3 year old woud not like this hike. I also have an 8, 11, and 14 year old who all are use to this and did well. Know you child/ren and know what they can do. I was on pins and needles at points because grace is not a gene of this family! I just kept reminding my kids "slow and easy kids, slow and easy" and "NO RUNNING!" lol We made it though, no falls, no twisted ankles, and in one piece! Overall: we feel the hike was worth it even in the heat. The views were great and we took small shade breaks to sip water as we came to them. We will do catherine Creek again and try a different trail that she has to offer.

Dave Ashford (3572)

71 Completed56 Reviews

A trail with a variety of interests. We used Romano's Day Hiking the Columbia River Gorge for directions as it is not signed. Basically, go west out of the parking on the old highway, turn right after the waterfall at the one and only trail sign at little farther, then follow the trail up to great views through rocks and oaks, past a waterfall and creek, watching wild flowers, lizards and birds. There are a couple of trails off to the right to view points, but bottom line, on the main trail, always keep to the right when the trail splits. This is described as a loop, but we would go in about 2 miles and turn around and come back out the same way. This would be where you cross the last stream in a ravine after a long grassy slope. The only memorable thing after that point is the Native American talus pits which we would forgo to go back an interesting way. Otherwise you close the loop by hiking 1.3 miles on a paved road with cars whizzing by. Note: Poison oak abounds, so keep the pant legs on and hands up where brush narrows the trail.