Memaloose Overlook to Catfield Hill

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Memaloose Overlook to Catfield Hill is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near The Dalles, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 744 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Memaloose State Park is Open Mar 9 - Oct 31

This trail would be absolutely breathtaking had we hiked it a month earlier! The balsam root and lupine were plentiful but spent. The trail begins in a nice forest setting with lots of shade but quickly turns to very dry, sun-soaked terrain. There are multiple posted signs warning of rattlesnakes (of which we saw none) and poison oak (of which we saw much). The 360 view from Chatfield Hill is worth the climb.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with an amazing view. A good challenge for beginning hikers.

4 months ago

we arrived a little past prime flower time apparently! the constant heat for the last few days has the flowers looking a little wilty, but still beautiful. Decent incline but nothing too crazy. Heavily trafficked and little shade towards the end so make sure to bring plenty of water for you and your doggos. There are supposed to be rattlesnakes commonly seen, but we didn't see any on the trail. Beautiful views with fields of flowers- overall a lovely little hike!

The wildflowers were beautiful and the rattlesnakes were plentiful today. Saw a couple rattlesnakes on the trail and many more just off of it.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful trip, tons of wildflowers. Well trafficked. Park at the rest area and go up the path on the west side of the rest area. When you get to the top you can see both Hood and Adams, but it’s a small area so it’s crowded and far from quiet on the weekends. Best things: hummingbirds feeding on wildflowers, the flowers themselves, and relatively non-strenuous hike (but still not for those who struggle with mobility). Worst thing: people, people bringing their dogs who have never hiked before who get too hot on the trail. Seriously. Don’t bring a dog on the trail unless you have water/watering bowl/etc. *end rant*

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful wildflowers and views!

hiking
4 months ago

A lot of rattlesnakes around so be on the look out, also, a lot of poison oak. But the flowers are incredible. All worth it.

Stunning at this time of the year.

hiking
4 months ago

pure. magic. go. just go. now. the balsamroot has gone psychotica and exploded all over the upper parts of this trail. it's an easy meander up the trail and well worth every step, especially in this, a week of perfect weather. seriously. just do the thing.

I absolutely loved it! Took my 9 and 6 year old and they loved it as much as i did. Wild Flowers are spectacular. The trail is pretty easy.

hiking
4 months ago

The most beautiful wildflowers right now!! Absolutely gorgeous hike and views from the top of Chatfield Hill.

hiking
4 months ago

Wow. My phone just cannot capture the magnificence of the brilliance of all the wildflowers in bloom right now (4/30/19). Yellow, orange and purple flowers everywhere. It’s simply captivating. The hike has a moderate climb in places, but nothing too hard for most people (I saw a lot of families out walking this). I parked at the rest area off highway 84 and made my way up to the top of Chatfield Hill, but I want to come back and to visit the other two hilltops (one of which is listed as Marsh Hill). I was told by another hiker that this one trail was the most beautiful. Truly breathtaking.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Very slightly strenuous toward the end; more due to sun exposure than incline. Late April-early May is the best time to go. Balsamroot and lupine as far as the eye can see. Some interesting habitats as well...scrub oak deciduous forest, a bit of ponderosa pine forest, and finally an open meadow to the summit. Did this hike as a twofer with Marsh Hill 4-30-2019. There are rattlesnakes in the area, although I did not encounter any. Be prepared for ticks (permethrin is your best friend).

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

This has to be one of my favorite hikes for spring time.

hiking
4 months ago

Quick easy hike. Beautiful wildflowers. An April favorite.

hiking
4 months ago

Did the trail yesterday from the Overlook parking. The balsamtoot is in full bloom. Lupuin just starting to bloom, but many other wildflowers in bloom. Views of Mt Hood were spectacular!

5 months ago

four stars because of the poison oak and because you don't really get that far away from roads or houses. beautiful view, and an awesome hike though. really cool stuff to find along the way

hiking
10 months ago

We also hiked up 30 to avoid the closed part of the trail. Warning, the "trail" to Marsh hill had no trail head and was very hard to follow at the start. Because of this we ended up trekking through the woods for awhile. Which was arguably fun. View of the river at the top was great!

10 months ago

Only problem is that where you cross the road the trail is currently closed for restoration. However thanks to this ap we were able to hike up rt 30 and find a trail that connects to the summit trail.

running
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Very beginning of trail is not maintained well, lots of poison oak. From the drive up viewpoint and to the top was an easy and clean trail. Overall nice quick run, be careful of the oak!

hiking
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Did this trail for the first time today. Just missed peak wildflowers but still enjoyed the diversity of wooded sections followed by open views. Short but fun hike.

hiking
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Great for kids, of course beware of rattle snake country (rocks). My two year old loved the wild flowers with the insects. Once you're at the top (across the street from the lookout) & I mean the tippy top-kite flying is perfect. The lands surrounding the area are ideal with the river on the side.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Love this hike when the wild flowers are in full bloom. The pup loves chasing bugs and having a drink in the creek. Stop and have a snack in Mosier or at least a beverage and enjoy the local area

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Beautiful, easy, and so worth the views!

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