Catherine Creek

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A paved trail winds through a small stand of oaks.

This is one of the premier areas for early spring wildflower viewing in the eastern Columbia River Gorge. The trailhead and parking is located on the north side of the county road, leading to a multi-use biker/hiker/equestrian trail. 

Visitors can carefully cross the county road to reach the south side Catherine Creek Trail #4400, an accessible one mile paved trail with views of the Columbia River. Be aware that individuals with disabilities may need some assistance.  


Grasswidow bloom in Catherine Creek area. Photo by Darryl Lloyd Falls on lower Catherine Creek. Photo by Darryl Lloyd Coyote Burdoin Catherine Creek Map A paved trail winds through a small stand of oaks. A group of small purple flowers with thin leaves.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Wildflowers starting to bloom.
Fees No Fee
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium-Heavy
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, Mid January - early June accessible portable toilet.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information


From Bingen, WA: Travel east on Washington State Highway 14 approximately 4.6 miles to mile post 71 and the junction with Old Highway 8 (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.


Parking is undeveloped gravel on the county right of way.  Please park in an organized manner and do not park so that any part of your vehicle blocks others or impedes the flow of traffic.

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Day Hiking

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.

Areas for Day Hiking at Catherine Creek

Nature Viewing

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