Dreaming about spring and spring wildflowers? I am!
Since I’m in the mood for wildflowers, I thought I’d share some photos I took a couple of years ago (March 2010 to be exact) on two different trips to Catherine Creek on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.
Catherine Creek is a great trail because it is an old roadway, which is wide and relatively flat, and unlike many of the trails in the Gorge, it isn’t steep. The wildflowers were plentiful that March and very different than the types of wildflowers we get here in the Cottage Grove area. I often think about going back.
Getting There: Hood River, Oregon – the largest town nearest to the trail head — is a good 3 hour drive from Cottage Grove, so this is not a day trip. From Hood River, take the Hood River Bridge across the Columbia River, turn right on Highway 14, and then left after about 4 miles on County Road 1230. Parking is on your left, about 1 ½ miles after the turn.
On our trip, my mom and I walked across a bubbling brook on a plank bridge to an old corral with views of the Catherine Creek Arches; then we turned around and came back out the same way. Her mobility was limited and we didn’t want to tackle too much. I’ve read, though, that it is a loop trail. For a more complete description of the loop look here: http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Catherine_Creek_Arch_Loop_Hike.