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Catherine Creek-Coyote Wall Loop Hike

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In between Catherine Creek and Coyote Wall, there are grassy ridges with great views towards Mount Hood, the Columbia River, and Mosier. (Jerry Adams)
To the Southeast, you can see the Columbia River and The Dalles. (Jerry Adams)
The trail follows an old 4 wheel drive road. There is a single lane bicycle track. A lot of the ways, the trail goes through grassy meadow areas. (Jerry Adams)
Sometimes, the trail goes through forested areas of mostly Oak trees. (Jerry Adams)
  • Start point: Catherine Creek TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Trail to Catherine Creek Junction
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 8.2 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1750 feet
  • Difficulty: "Medium" is not in the list of possible values (Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Very Difficult) for this property.
  • Seasons: Year round, best Mar-May
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: Medium


Hike Description

This hike links the Catherine Creek area with the Coyote Wall area. There are great views of the Columbia River, the East end of the gorge, Mount Hood, and a lot of wildflowers.

From the Catherine Creek Trailhead there are two closed roads that go up from the parking area. Don't take the road that goes left (Northwest). Do take the road that goes right (Northeast) which is road 20. The road soon drops down to Catherine Creek as it bubbles through a small oak forest.

At 1/4 mile from the trailhead, the main road crosses Catherine Creek. There is a footbridge for hikers. Just before this, a road goes faintly left. Take this faint road. Don't cross the creek.

From here, the road goes along the West side of Catherine Creek, a ways above the creek. This road is passable by 4 wheel vehicles, so it makes an easy hiking trail.

By mile 1.5 from the trailhead, you gain 1000 feet of elevation. From here the trail goes left (West) out of the Catherine Creek drainage, over to Coyote Wall.

The trail over to Coyote Wall uses an old 4 wheel drive road grade, which makes it an easy hiking trail - gradual slope and wide. There are a lot of bicycles that use this. Someone cuts the branches and trees that fall across the road. This is not a solitude hike, but it's far enough from trailheads there aren't too many people. Keep a watch for bicycles that can sneak up behind you and startle you. This trail ends at Coyote Wall at mile 4.1 from the Catherine Creek Trailhead.

At mile 1.7 is the high point of this hike at 1300 feet elevation. At mile 2.1 the trail crosses a stream. At mile 3.2 the trail crosses another stream. You could use these for drinking water, but in the late spring and summer they probably dry up. Between the two streams are several grassy ridges that go up and down from the trail. You can find many flat places you could pitch a tent at. It can get pretty windy here, so you might try to find the most protected place you can find.

Past the second stream, the trail drops 400 feet down to Coyote Wall. There are several private residences above you.

This hike ends at Coyote Wall at mile 4.1. Return the way you came.

There are an infinite number of variations you could make to this hike:

Once you get to Coyote Wall, you could hike up the trail that goes along the top of Coyote Wall. See Coyote Wall Long Loop Hike and Coyote Wall Short Loop Hike.

Once you get to Coyote Wall, you could hike down to the road, and then walk back to the Catherine Creek Trailhead.

There is a trail that goes back to the Catherine Creek Trailhead halfway between the road and the trail described here.

You could hike back on the trail described here to where the powerline towers are, then walk down the grassy slope and connect up with the Catherine Creek West Loop Hike.

There are many other old 4 wheel drive roads, bike trails, and game trails that go in every direction.


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