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Eagle Creek Hike (Clackamas River Tributary)

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • The beginning of trail follows an abandoned road to the Eagle Creek valley.- Eagle Creek Hike (Clackamas River Tributary)
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  • The only backcountry campsite on the trail.- Eagle Creek Hike (Clackamas River Tributary)
  • Eagle Creek, a tributary of the Clackamas River.- Eagle Creek Hike (Clackamas River Tributary)
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  • Eagle Creek, a tributary of the Clackamas River.- Eagle Creek Hike (Clackamas River Tributary)
  • Giant Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menzies).- Eagle Creek Hike (Clackamas River Tributary)
  • Western trillium (Trillium ovatum) early in the season.- Eagle Creek Hike (Clackamas River Tributary)
  • Oregon oxalis (Oxalis oregana), which is edible.  The leaves taste like sour apple.- Eagle Creek Hike (Clackamas River Tributary)
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  • Red alder (Alnus rubra) line the abandoned road.- Eagle Creek Hike (Clackamas River Tributary)
  • Stream violet (Viola glabella).- Eagle Creek Hike (Clackamas River Tributary)
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Serenity. Old-growth forest.
Cons: 
Difficult directions to the trailhead.
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Alerts: 
June, 2017: Active logging in the area continues to limit access to this hike. Permits may be found at https://www.wyrecreation.com/permits.
Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
500.00 ft (152.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
9.40 mi (15.13 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,100.00 ft (640.08 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Eagle Creek, named for the large population of eagles in the area, is an easy and serene hike through some of Oregon’s great remaining old-growth forests.  This hike should not be confused with the more popular Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge.

To reach this hike you will drive through the high plateau of eastern Clackamas County, passing quaint agricultural properties, numerous Christmas tree farms, and large expanses of clear-cut forests.  The beginning of the hike starts on an abandoned  logging road that drops nearly 500 feet in elevation before leveling out parallel to Eagle Creek. The road leads to a single track trail that proceeds through a damp forest of western red cedars, moss covered big leaf maples and old-growth Douglas firs that measure up to 10 feet in diameter.  Throughout the hike the trail keeps its distance from the river, however the white noise of the flowing water is always audible and several side trails offer connections to the river.  Farther along the hike, numerous charming side creeks cross the path along the length of the trail and offer wonderful resting points.

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