Catherine Creek Loop

Pac Back Hike at Catherine Creek Loop

Before and during the Kickstarter for the Trio it was really difficult for us to make spending time in the outdoors a priority. Which was quite ironic, because we started this adventure because of our deep love for hiking and backpacking. Post-Kickstarter, we’ve been doing our best to get outside every weekend- even just for a short jaunt in Forest Park.

This past Friday we decided to head out to Catherine Creek with our friend Rachel, who started Whyld River, a company that focuses on equipment for adventurous dogs.

The Catherine Creek loop hike is on the Washington side of the Columbia River, about an hour and a half outside of Portland. If you do go to this hike just remember Washington and Oregon speed limits are different! We’ve made that mistake before… And you can avoid the toll bridges by heading up through Vancouver.

The hike was pretty easy with some great views- it definitely helped that we lucked out on weather- well, for the beginning of our hike at least.

You start on the Catherine Creek Trail by walking up a hill and taking a right into a beautiful valley where you are protected from the notorious Columbia River wind. There is an old corral on the left-hand side and what was a wooden hut along the path. Rachel’s dog River loved jumping through the fences and climbing the wood piles. :)

You then cross a stream (there’s a small bridge off to the left) and continue hiking uphill until you reach the peak, which offers beautiful wildflowers and a view of the gorge. While the hike was a loop, we ended up just heading out the way we came, as the weather started to turn a little sour on our way out. You can see more photos from our hike in the gallery below.

It was great to hang out with another Entrepreneurial-minded individual with the same drive to make backpacking better… except for pups! Sharing nature with your friends is one of the great joys of life. Talking about past hikes, future plans, or telling stories while soaking in the beauty of nature is what it is all about.

This love for our nature community is the whole reason we wanted to create the Trio and launch Pac Back. We desired a social space in the backcountry to hang out with friends and family- a way for people to gather far away from the distractions of the city. Plus, there’s no reason why a hike to a beautiful alpine lake can’t also involve a little relaxation and fun, right?

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember what draws us outside. It has been harder to find quality day hikes for those short weekends after the Gorge fires. Instead of being angry, it’s important to remind ourselves why we need to be better stewards of our environment so that we can continue to enjoy it with friends and family for years to come.

Until next time,

Lily and John


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