Hike 71
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Catherine Creek West Hike
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Map of Catherine Creek West Hike

Length: +/- 4 miles loop
Elevation Change: 800 feet approx.
Season:  Almost Year Round
Difficulty:    Moderate
Permit:   No Pass Required
GPS:   N45 42.6282, W121 21.7284
Latitude:   45.71047
Longitude:   -121.36214

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This hike is NOT on a designated or developed trail.

The Catherine Creek area is becoming very popular among hikers as they discover the incredible floral displays that are seen here each early spring. Also, there is an excellent Universal Access Trail way for the disabled to gain access to the wonders of the Columbia River Gorge and the floral displays often found only on more difficult terrain.

The map above is a humble representation of where I took the photos included in this guide, and is not by any means accurate or to be used for navigation purposes. But the photos will give you an enticing view of the Catherine Creek area and hopefully will inspire you to venture forth on your own excursion and find the rich rewards available in this newly developed area.

Mt Hood as seen from Catherine Creek
Mt Hood as seen from Catherine Creek

How to get there:

Cross the Hood River Bridge ($2 toll) and turn right on WA Highway 14. Drive 5.8 miles to Old Highway 8. Turn left on Old Highway 8, which is also County Road 1230. Drive east on this road (which is an earlier version of today's WA Highway 14) for about 1 1/2 miles to the gravel parking area on the left/north side of the road. The universal access trail takes off to the right/south (downhill from the road). The rock arch hike and others begin on left or north side of the road.

Old Highway 8 continues eastward into Lyle, creating alternate routes to/from the east.

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