May 20, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
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Catherine Creek - Universal Access Trail
South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
USFS Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
After setting up camp at Columbia Hill SP, we did this short hike in the natural arch area. From the TH we headed straight up the ridge across from the natural arch looking for bitterroot in the rocky areas. We found many but very few were blooming yet. They need a few more days. Common camas, Bicolored Cluster Lilies, a deep pink pea flower, and lupine were some of the flowers blooming. One has to watch for poison oak which is present here! We had sun and a strong Columbia Gorge wind!
Only fully blooming bitterroot seen.
Mt Hood from Catherine Creek hillside
Looking across Catherine Creek at the natural arch area