Catherine Creek Labyrinth
Eastern Gorge, Washington
alert Trail Alert, Mar 27, 2020: Most trails in the Columbia Gorge are now closed to the public due to the social distancing measures enacted by local and state health officials in Oregon and Washington. Friends of the Columbia Gorge is urging all members of the to public to stay local and give Gorge trails a break. If you can get to a neighborhood recreation spot by walking or biking, even better. Check the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department or Washington State Parks websites for additional information and breaking updates.

Hike Details
Type:
Out and back
Distance:
5.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
1000 feet
Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail Features
Family Friendly
Family Friendly:
No
Restrooms
Restrooms:
Yes miles round trip
Trailhead Pass
Trailhead Pass:
No
Trail Details
WildflowersWildflowersBeautiful ViewsBeautiful Views
Hike through beautiful rock structures, oak woodlands and wildflowers galore in the spring. One of the most treasured gems of the Gorge.
 
Please note: Dogs are required to be on-leash in the Catherine Creek planning area year-round. Dogs are required to be on-leash in the Coyote/Burdoin planning areas December 1 - June 30.
 
History
While hikes like Dog Mountain offer wildflower showstoppers, no place in the Columbia Gorge offers the wildflower diversity and duration of Catherine Creek. Botanists flock here for months in the spring to enjoy the steady waves of wildflower blooms. Ironically, wildflowers are profuse at Catherine Creek because of the poor, shallow soil that does not allow grasses to come in and dominate the flowers. Prior to public ownership, the property was known as the Lauterbach Ranch where cattle heavily grazed the area. This was one of the Forest Service's early purchases following the passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Driving Directions

Rowland Lake Trailhead:  Cross the Hood River Bridge ($2 toll) and turn right on WA Highway 14. Drive 5.8 miles to Old Highway 8. Turn onto Hwy 8 and immediately turn to your left. Park here at the intersection of Hwy 8 and Hwy 14 on the left (west) side of the road.