Catherine Creek Trail

EASY 82 reviews

Catherine Creek Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lyle, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
423 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The hike takes you past a waterfall, up through rocks and oaks to another waterfall to get to some beautiful views. There is a lot of poison oak, so leave your pant legs on and don't let your hands dangle aimlessly into tall vegetation along the trail. There is an rock arch that seems out of place in the environment, don't plan on getting too close it is clearly marked off.

5 months ago

Wrong time of year to go. Too hot and dry, but beautiful. Will try it again in the spring

hiking
6 months ago

Nearly all vegetation is dried out. The arch isn't very visible. The other aspects of the trail are along the portion where you would end up walking over 4 miles and end up far from your car leaving you to either do a return trip through this desert landscape or walk along a country road with no shoulder and people speeding along.

7 months ago

Warning for pet owners! I have never had flea or tick issues with my dog (8 years). Came home from this hike with 5 ticks. Going to the vet tomorrow :(

7 months ago

Great view short hikes

walking
7 months ago

Short hike with a great view of mt hood once you get to the top. Nothing to write home about though :(

7 months ago

I love this hike! it's somewhat of a Christmas tradition for us

hiking
7 months ago

Did the trail to the south of Hiway 8 - great views! There were 2 porta-potties available. The trail is well paved and has several benches at strategic points for rest or contemplation. There are some huge iris flowers ready to bloom under a pine tree. I was there very early in the morning and saw only one other person on the trail.

7 months ago

Unfortunately we missed the spring flowers. We took the path to the right and made our way up through the woods. When we came out by the field the view of the Columbia Gorge and Mt Hood was fantastic. All in all a 4 mile hike with 1,175 foot elevation gain. Will try again next year to see the wild flowers.

hiking
8 months ago

Loved the wild flowers. Great get away. We went April 26. Little traffic.

Fun hike that offers different types of great visual experiences. At the end of the hike I did brush off a tick from my son's clothing and killed it, so be aware of that type of situation happening.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Short and sweet, although we couldn't see much of the trail as there was so much snow. Nice view onto the Columbia river and gorge. This hike is probably nice when it's birding and wildflower season.

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Beautiful. Easy hike.

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2016

Never saw a waterfall. Glad I had a map because the trail was difficult to follow. Very rocky. Great meadows of wild flowers and good views of the Hood River

Friday, May 20, 2016

green Meadows, nice hike

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Perfect day. Wildflower and a spectacular view!

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Decent short loop with views of Mt. Hood. There is not a lot of shade or breeze so beware on a hot day.

birding
Thursday, January 14, 2016

We like this trail. It has a gentle climb through woodlands with excellent views down the Columbia River. Note that there are two "parts" to the trail: the paved trail down to the Columbia and the trail on the north side of the road leading into the hills.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

When we arrived we saw a sign saying "hunting season - wear blaze orange." We didn't know to expect that so we just did the little universal access trail across the street instead.

hiking
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Catherine Creek, what a great trail. So I am use to the trails in the lush green forests of the Columbia River Gorge but this trail is pleasantly different. We hiked May 9th and didn't see all the many wildflowers that are supposed to be amazing on this trail if you hit it right. 2015 has just been an early year for wildflowers. The ideal time is supposed to be right around Easter, we'll go then next year.

Not too steep of a hike but enough of a climb to get some pretty incredible views after only about a mile and a half of hiking.

There isn't just one trail here. Many trails criss cross allowing you to hike for a while, come to "Y" in the trail and decide which way you want to go. Kind of fun that way. It seemed like you couldn't get lost as all trails started and ended back at the parking lot. When starting out from the parking lot there are two trails heading up the hill, take the one on the right if you want to see the rock arch (there aren't any instructions up there for this).

I plan on hiking this trail again at different times of the year as I think the different seasons would reveal different kinds of beauty.

Monday, March 02, 2015

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!

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