You are here

Sandy beach
No
Cliff jumping
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Sensitive Habitat
No
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Situated between the Willamette River and Interstate 205 is one of the Portland area's most popular and heavily-used swimming holes.  It is certainly the quaint and sleepy community of Gladstone's most visited destination.  For nearly a century, Portland residents have flocked to High Rocks on the Clackamas to escape the mid-summer heat.  Here, just before the Clackamas converges with the Willamette, the river widens, deepens, and slows, creating a natural urban swimming pool.

Historically, locals used the old railroad bridge as a jumping-off spot, but after the bridge was converted into a pedestrian bridge, chain-link deterrents were added to thwart jumpers.  Fortunately the rocky banks of the river still provide ideal cliff jumping opportunities that are high enough to work up some adrenalin.

Despite the crowds and the proximity to the freeway, the area's unique rocky banks and the picturesque stretch of water still make it a worthy destination, even on a busy summer weekend.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Located within Portland. Gets lots of sun.

Cons

Peak summer crowds.

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

06/10/2018
I'd love to hear what wildlife others have seen here. Within the last 2 months, I've seen salmon, sea lions, blue heron, osprey, bats, and frogs (to name a few.)
Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment?
Sign In and share them.