Catherine Creek Arch Loop

Arches are rare in this area of the nation, making Catherine Creek Arch a highly attractive destination.

Hiking Easy

Distance
3 km
Ascent
119 m
Descent
119 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
74 m
High Point
188 m
Gradient
Catherine Creek Arch Loop Map

The Catherine Creek area provides the opportunity to complete several beautiful hikes. The short loop hike shown here leads to the Catherine Creek Arch, which stands apart from a cliff face on top of a talus slope.

Description

The hike to get there is relatively moderate—most people will be able to reach the arch with no problem. Completing the loop as mapped requires a bit more climbing than a simple out-and-back to the arch, but it's a rewarding loop that offers a variety of views. On a clear day, you can enjoy stunning views of Mount Hood towering above the Columbia River Gorge.

Along the way to the arch, you'll pass an abandoned corral and a few collapsed buildings, which are remnants of the cattle ranch that used to cover this land.

During the right time of year, you can also enjoy spectacular wildflowers along this hike. "No place in the Columbia Gorge offers the spring wildflower diversity and duration of Catherine Creek," writes GorgeFriends.org. For that alone, Catherine Creek is exceedingly popular.

Sources: GorgeFriends.org OregonHikers.org

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Family friendly

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