Hike to Catherine Creek
March 16, 2014

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We crossed Catherine Creek on a rather shaky bridge

The trail was rocky

The views were terrific

The rock cliff were amazing

This is an open arc in the rock wall

Catherine Creek is very pleasant

Grass Widow Flowers were in full bloom

The Grass Widow (Olsynium douglasii) is a beautiful flower

The name "grass widow" symbolizes "an abandoned mistress or unmarried woman who had cohabited with several men."

Maybe these flowers where named "grass widow" to symbolize the region's first settlers enjoying a romantic moment in the gorge's lush fields while there wives where in effect a widow.

There are also white or Lavender Grass widows

Desert Parsley was in full bloom

There are several varieties of Desert Parsley

This is another variety of desert Parsley

Probably Gray's Desert Parsley or
Columbia desert Parsley

The yellow Buttercups Flowers were in full bloom

There are many varieties of Buttercup flowers

These are probably Western Buttercup

Yellow Bells
Yellow Fritillary or Fritillaria pudica

This is an excellent food source. The bulb can be eaten raw or cooked. The bulb can also be dried for later use. These bulbs were commonly eaten as a food by the native North Americans. Native Americans ate the small bulbs eaten raw and the larger ones cooked. The bulbs are rich in starch. The raw bulb tastes like potatoes, and when cooked it tastes like rice. The green seed pods can also be eaten raw or cooked but they are bitter.

Gold Star (crocidium multicaule)


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Driving Directions
Take I84 to Hood River
Cross Hood River Bridge
Go Right on Highway 14 to Bingen
4 and a half miles after Bingen go left on Old Highway 8 which also rd 1230
Go 1 and a half miles on this road to the trailhead.

One trail goes down to the right of highway.
Two trails go up to the left of highway