A Wonderful Hike at Catherine Creek


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Catherine Creek

It was the last weekend of January and what a day it was.

Sunshine and temperatures in the 40s, wildflowers to be seen, Mt. Hood in dazzling glory and beautiful vistas extending far to the east.

I truly enjoyed a nine-mile, 2,000-foot elevation gain loop hike on the east side of the Catherine Creek Canyon, mainly in open Oak Savannah, extended with a loop below the highway past a waterfall.

The small, but pretty purple grass widows were just beginning to bloom in the lower elevations. Spring is just around the corner.

As I moved into the timber on the upper ridge, there was some patchy snow in places and I spotted numerous deer tracks. This day none of the deer were in the mood to pose for a photographer though.

Early morning sunshine on Mt. Hood

Natural arch above lower trail

Fresh Blacktail Deer track

Oak Savannah

Grass Widow

Looking up the Columbia River at dawn

An old corral along the lower trail

Patchy snow at higher elevations

 

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Mt. Hood and the Columbia River look so majestic. Wish I could have seen it from the other side of the lense. Beautiful work.

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  2. That first mount hood photo is especially cool 👌🏽 this makes me really want to get out in the cold and go for a hike!

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