Catherine Creek Labyrinth Out and Back
Catherine Creek Labyrinth Out and Back, Old Parkdale Inn

By Mary Pellegrini

Catherine Creek is an area of unique natural beauty and great botanical significance. About 20 miles from the Old Parkdale Inn, you’ll find over ninety species of wildflowers in the area, from grass widow, which blankets the ground as early as February, to western ladies’ tresses, which may bloom into July.

The Catherine Creek Universal Access Trail offers dramatic views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood. ‘Hike through beautiful rock structures, oak woodlands and wildflowers galore in the spring. One of the most treasured gems of the Gorge.’ Friends of the Columbia Gorge

The paved, universal access trail offers two levels of difficulty for wheelchairs. The short 0.25-mile “easy” route will take you to a viewpoint overlooking Catherine Creek Falls. The “moderate” routes form loop opportunities up to 1.25 miles in length through open grasslands, vernal ponds, and oak woodlands.

This pretty forest area offers a unique experience in Washington: a walk in a natural hardwood deciduous forest. You’ll find a lovely old oak forest stand on the slope above Catherine Creek, as well as great gardens of spring wildflowers. The trails are well maintained and easy, making this a wonderful place to bring novice hikers or other folks not used to hiking: The well-graded trails make this a literal walk in the park. At both ends of the gentle loop, enjoy great views from established viewpoints.

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We’re your home base for exploring  and enjoying the Hood River Valley and beyond. After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with your favorite beverage, by the bonfire, roast some s’mores, weather permitting of course.

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The Hood River Fruit Loop is located in the beautiful Hood River Valley at the foot of majestic Mt. Hood offering you a variety of wines, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ciders, and food. Many outdoor adventures, such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking, await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound.

Book your stay at the Old Parkdale Inn and take advantage of our partnerships for adventure discounts
Wet Planet Whitewater Adventures – ask us for a discount code: $10 each person on your raft adventure
Cascade Canyon Guide – request code for 10% off trips
Heart of the Gorge Sailing - request link for 10% select sails
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Catherine Creek Labyrinth Out and Back, Old Parkdale Inn

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4932 Baseline Dr, 

Mount Hood Parkdale, 

OR 97041, United States  

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