Catherine Creek Labyrinth
Eastern Gorge, Washington
Wildflowers in abundance at Catherine Creek (photographer: Annette Hadaway)
Hike Details
Type:
Out and back
Distance:
5.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
1000 feet
Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
No
Restrooms:
Yes
Trailhead Pass:
No
Trail Details
WildflowersBeautiful 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.