Catherine Creek in early Winter

On a late December day with the promise of a little sunshine, I headed to the east side of the Columbia River Gorge. My goal was to explore the Catherine Creek area.

Like Coyote Wall, the area is a tilted basalt formation extending a few miles north of the Gorge, rising to around 2,300 feet above sea level.

To the north there is a pleasant trail that crosses a footbridge over Catherine Creek. Soon I reached an old corral below a high natural arch carved out of the basalt cliffs.

To the north, Catherine Creek cut a north-south deep canyon through the basalt. After reaching the top of the rimrock cliffs, I enjoyed the views to the east of the desert-like scenery.

Returning to the trailhead, I crossed the road and did a short loop on a paved path past a small waterfall on Catherine Creek.

The trek made for a wonderful early winter outting.

The edge of the storm

A mature Ponderosa Pine that has seen its share of wildfires

A classic stone-filled anchor for a barbwire fence

Natural arch above an old corral

Small waterfall on Catherine Creek

An old corral

Natural arch


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  1. Enjoyed this peaceful walk around Catherine Creek, John. I find the natural arch especially curious and beautiful. Your photos are a joy, thank you.

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