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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.90 mi (3.06 km)
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At just over a one hour drive from Portland, this hike packs a lot into its roughly 1-mile long trail.  For such a short trail, it is certainly a rewarding journey and worthwhile destination.

Most of the people who jump onto this trail are seeking the cool and rocky beach that fronts the Alder Flats swimming hole* or one of the roughly five primitive campsites that look over the river.  Each of the campsites are well protected by a grove of red alder that flank this section of the Clackamas River, hence the location's name.  But, along the way, this short hiking trail rambles through some of the most well preserved old-growth forest in the Clackamas River canyon.  Starting with Dry Creek Pond, the hike passes many shaded bogs with numerous species of rushes, skunk cabbage and ferns before reaching Alder Flats.

* For those looking to beat the mid-summer crowds at swimming holes along the Clackamas, Adler Flats is typically far less populated than others due to the 1-mile walk required to reach the pool and cluster of basalt outcroppings.  

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Great backcountry campsites and swimming hole.

Cons

Campsites provide little solitude.

Trailhead Elevation

1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)

Net Elevation Gain

320.00 ft (97.54 m)

Address

OR-224
61174
Estacada, OR 97023
United States

Features

Backcountry camping
Old-growth forest

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area

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