Catherine Creek Trailhead

This is one of the premier areas for early spring wildflower viewing in the eastern Columbia River Gorge. There is a seasonal waterfall here as well. 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 loop trail with incredible views of the Columbia River. Benches and interpretive signage are scattered along the path.

The site was once a ranch before being acquired by the Forest Service to protect native plants, the unique arch formation, and other sensitive resources after the creation of the National Scenic Area.

(Discover Pass is required for parking.)

Contact Information

Tammara Tippel
Reservations and Information:

486 Old Highway 8, White Salmon, Washington 98672, United States

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Other Information

  • Accessibility

    Paved trail is wheelchair accessible, BUT does have ups and downs along the way. Assistance may be required. Gravel parking area at road/trailhead.
  • Eco Friendly Notes

    From Mid January - early June / accessible portable toilet. Otherwise no services.
  • Pet Friendly Notes

    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.