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Chatfield Hill

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View down the Columbia River from Chatfield Hill (bobcat)


Chatfield Hill, also known as Castilleja Hill to wildflower aficionados, is one of the Memaloose Hills. These include McClure Hill, Marsh Hill, and the Lone Pine Hills. These hills were "smoothed over" by the cataclysmic Bretz Floods at the end of the last Ice Age and rounded pebbles from flood deposits can still be found if you look carefully.

Chatfield Hill abuts private property, but is accessed via a user trail on public land from Wetland Spring. The hill is cloaked with oak/poison oak forest on its north and east sides, but is relatively unforested on the south and west. These meadows display a magnificent balsamroot/paintbrush/lupine palette in mid-spring.

PLEASE NOTE: The Memaloose Hills are a very popular and crowded destination in April and May. While this hike is on public land (Mt. Hood National Forest), the trail is unofficial. In addition, the rest area and the overlook are not official trailheads and were not designed to accommodate dozens of vehicles. Too many cars parked at these spots cause safety issues. Consider doing this hike on a weekday, and always park legally without blocking traffic. If you cannot find legal parking, consider visiting other nearby trails instead: Mosier Twin Tunnels, Mosier Plateau, McCall Point, or Rowena Plateau.


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