Catherine Creek Day Use Area/Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A paved trail winds through a small stand of oaks.

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

Fees No Fee
Usage: Light
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Bingen, WA; Lyle, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Yes, Feb - May portable toilet.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


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.



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  • Recreation Passes
  • Benson Bridge Closure Link opens in a Pdf Document
    Early in the morning on Thursday January 9, 2014, a large rock fell from the surrounding cliffs at Multnomah Falls and damaged the historic pedestrian Benson Bridge. The bridge sustained damage to a 4x4 foot section of the pedestrian bridge and associated railings. Due to damage on the bridge, Benson Bridge is closed at Multnomah Falls for safety reasons indefinitely until repairs can be made. The trail leading to the bridge is closed at both sections of the bridge until a design and repairs can be completed. It is anticipated that the bridge closure will last several months. Visitors will be able to hike the Larch Mountain trail #441 up to Benson Bridge, which will still allow visitors good views of the iconic falls. All other trails in the area will remain open. However, the popular Wahkeena to Multnomah Falls loop and the Horsetail Falls to Multnomah Falls loop will not be passable due to the closure.
  • Cape Horn Peregrine Falcon Closure Link opens in a Pdf Document
    Seasonal closure February 1 through July 15 at Cape Horn ensures their continuing presence.


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