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Clackamas River Trail

Indian Henry Campground to Pup Creek Falls

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • A backcountry campsite along the Clackamas River Trail.- Clackamas River Trail
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  • The Narrows on the Clackamas River.- Clackamas River Trail
  • Pup Creek Falls.- Clackamas River Trail
  • A swimming hole along the Clackamas River Trail.- Clackamas River Trail
  • Winter sunlight streaming through old-growth on the Clackamas River Trail.- Clackamas River Trail
  • One of few clearings along the trail.- Clackamas River Trail
  • The Clackamas River Trail.- Clackamas River Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Year-round hike. Great old-growth. Swimming hole. Waterfall.
Cons: 
Shaded.
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Alerts: 
December, 2015: Winter storm activity has resulted in downed trees that have closed the trail 2 miles from the trailhead. Please call 503.630.6861 for updates before planning your trip.
Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,000.00 ft (609.60 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
10.20 mi (16.42 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,250.00 ft (381.00 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Clackamas River Trail can be done as a one-way hike with a shuttle, a very long there-and-back trip, or broken up into an upper and lower section. This hike describes a there-and-back along the upstream section leaving from Indian Henry Campground and hiking to Pup Creek Falls; the lower section leaves from Fish Creek.

The trail generally follows the south bank of the Clackamas River through dramatic old-growth forests, meadow crossings, and a great picnic/swimming spot at the river. A side-trail leads to a very worthwhile waterfall, giving this hike a good variety of attractions. The hike is a usually snow-free, and it is a good choice in the winter if the higher elevation Riverside Trail is not passable.

The trail is clearly marked and begins climbing into old-growth woods above the river and shortly drops into a meadow as it passes closer to the river.  Just after passing the first backcountry campsite, a short side trail leads to the Narrows, so named for the tight bottleneck through which the river flows.  This grassy clearing above the Clackamas River is a great place for a picnic and a swim, conditions permitting. It is also a good return point if a shorter hike is desired. From the Narrows, the trail rises up over a small ridge and proceeds to Pup Creek, where a downed-log a few hundred feet upstream provides the only safe crossing. After the crossing the trail climbs briefly; a side trail leaves from the left and follows Pup Creek for 0.3 miles up to a good view of Pup Creek Falls, a 237-foot, two-tiered waterfall.

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