It is the premier place to visit in early spring for wildflower viewing and scenery. The area includes a one mile paved trail with great views of the Columbia River on the south side of the county road. On the north side of the county road are trails which make for longer hikes and great wildflower viewing.
Use caution when crossing the county road to access the paved trails on the south side of the county road.
Some individuals with disabilities may need assistance.
At a Glance
See Alerts regarding helicopter usage in Oct/Nov 2014
Pay attention to signs regarding horse use, bike use and dogs on leash
Dogs on leash in Catherine Creek planning area year round. Dogs on leash in Coyote/Bourdian planning areas December 1st through June 30th. Horses may use Coyote/Bourdian planning areas May 1st through November 30th. Horse party size can't exceed 8 horses. Catherine Creek planning area closed to mountain bikes. Mountain bikes and horses must stay on designated trails.
Bingen, WA; Lyle, WA
Yes, Feb - May portable toilet.
From Bingen, WA: Travel east on Washington State Highway 14 approximately 4.6 miles to mile post 71 and the junction with County Road 1230 on the left. Turn left onto County Road 1230 at Rowland Lake and follow it 1.4 miles to the Catherine Creek parking lot on the north side of the road.
From Lyle, WA: Travel west on Washington State Highway 14 approximately 1/4 mile and take a right onto Old Hwy 8 (County Road 1230). It is an immediate right after crossing the Klickitat River. Follow Old Hwy 8 for approximately 4.8 miles to the Catherine Creek parking lot on the north side of the road.
A short, paved path that allows users to experience the lesser used eastern portion of the Gorge. A more extensive and rugged trail system exists on the north side of Old Highway 8.
Horse Riding & Camping
Horse riding is allowed on certain trails in the area north of Old Highway 8. Contact the local office for more information on which and when trails are opened for horses. And, as always, please stay on the existing trails and roadbeds!
Over ninety species of wildflowers can be found in the area from Grass widow which blankets the ground as early as February to Western Ladies Tresses that may bloom into July. Please protect the sensitive soils and plants by staying on existing trails!
A natural rock arch is located on the north side of Old Highway 8, along the trail that travels to the east. Please respect the arch by not hiking up to it or through it, as it is of cultural importance to the local Native American tribes.