March 17, 2018
Note: Watch for ticks and poison oak if you hike here.
Greg and I made our first Catherine Creek trek of the year today. It didn’t rain, but it was partly cloudy and pretty windy! I didn’t take a ton of photos, but I have a video at the end of this post.
We started off behind these two women who walked right past the “dogs must be on leash” sign with their dog off-leash. We saw them later in the hike and the dog was still off-leash.
Things are starting to green up!
Once we got up on top with the big sloping meadow we were pummeled by the wind:
We started getting a little bit more blue sky:
It was a relief when we picked up the old road and started descending. We were out of the open and now protected from the relentless wind:
We crossed Catherine Creek then picked up another old road going up past the old corral:
We looped around over the top near the arch where we were back in the wind:
We dropped down to the road and walked back to the car. Great loop today! Could have done without the wind, but that’s the Gorge for you. 5 miles, 1400′ elevation gain.