I’m spending time in every one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders this year for work on a new hiking book. I went back to the Painted Hills for a camping and hiking trip this past weekend. If you haven’t been there yet, I highly recommend it!
Catherine Creek is located east of the Cascade Mountains on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. With open grasslands, ponderosa pine, and oak woodlands, the scenery is quite different from the western side of the Cascades.
Popular with mountain bikers, the Gales Creek trail travels gently up and down the hillsides beside Gales Creek through a coastal rainforest of Douglas fir and red alders, with a thick understory of ferns and oxalis.