A sign greets you at the Catherine Creek trail head and tells you of the many wildflowers that can be spotted during the season. In November there are no wildflowers to be seen, but there is a beautiful view of the Columbia River to drink in.
Though it’s only 3:30 pm the sun is already starting to set. As the sun sinks behind the hills the last golden rays of the sun disappear. I tighten my coat around me and set off on the one mile walk. Catherine Creek is a favorite of many in the Columbia Gorge area. The trail is paved making it an easy walk for many. And there are many benches to sit down and rest and take in the view.
I enjoy the twists and turns of the compact trail, which takes you on one end to a view of a small waterfall. As you continue on the trail there is a view of the Columbia River, the small town of Mosier and Mt Hood in the distance. This beautiful place is a far cry from what it use to be, a land fill. Due to combined efforts this area is being restored back to its original beauty.
If you enjoy reading there are various signs that are on the trail that give information on the land, flowers, and habitat of the area. And if you choose, across the road is two other trails you can take. But they are not paved