After hearing about this place for years I finally went out to Catherine Creek yesterday with my friend to check out the wildflowers and everything else. The hype is well-deserved. We found fun trails, amazing views, piles and piles of wildflowers, plus birds and other critters. As expected on an 80 degree Sunday, there were lots of people but only the first half mile or so of the trail felt crowded.
We did the Arches Loop trail, but also followed a random road to the powerlines and up to a poison oak highway. I have way too much to show you.
* I assume these are fence lizards, though I found at least one report of sagebrush lizard here and they're hard to tell apart.
Definitely a beautiful hike with plenty left to explore in the future! Good times!!