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Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
10.20 mi (16.42 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Year-round hike. Great old-growth. Swimming hole. Waterfall.

Cons

Shaded.

Trailhead Elevation

1,250.00 ft (381.00 m)

Net Elevation Gain

2,000.00 ft (609.60 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Waterfalls
Old-growth forest
Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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

Comments

07/23/2017
Just did a shuttle hike this weekend from Fish Creek to Indian Henry and the full trail is open. There are one or two spots where a large tree is down on the trail, but most sure-footed hikers will easily get around it. Very few mosquitoes and perfect temps for swimming in the river right now!
Our first time, there were a lot of down trees near the waterfall. It appears it's all been cleared as of March 2016. Beautiful hike!
12/15/2015
Thank you for the update, Arlene, we've added an alert letting people know this trail is closed.
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