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Clackamas River Trail #715

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

8.2 mile 13.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,552' 473 m
Descent: -1,057' -322 m
High: 1,527' 465 m
Low: 976' 297 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 59% (30°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

A lovely trail that follows the upper Clackamas River.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall

An ill-advised slip could lead to a very long drop into very cold water at a couple of points. Hike safe. For more information, see the USFS trail page here.

Description

Park at the Fish Creek trailhead and cross the road to attain the obvious trail. The trail is unmarked but well-defined the whole way.

After the initial close forest, the trail opens up with some large trees and little underbrush because of a recent fire. Some of the trees (still live) carry burn marks as high as 80'. At about the three-quarter mile mark, the trail rises up steeply to avoid the riverside cliffs.

Most of the trail is defined by your position of being pinned between the clean, green water of the Clackamas River on one side and the mossy basalt cliffs on your other side. The trail undulates up and down as it rises with the river as you go upstream. Along the way, you pass immense old growth cedar and Douglas fir.

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Jan 3, 2020
Reubadubah Reubadubah
2m in and 2m out. did not get any mountain views. clear day. no Gus :( 4mi
Aug 13, 2019
Todd Thorsted
Jul 28, 2019
Michael Thomas
Great mix of scenery. A lot of up-and-down at times but it was still enjoyable. Not great for kids because of the up and down. 8mi
Jun 23, 2019
Angie Harrison
4.3mi
May 14, 2019
Mike Shields
From Fish Ceek to Pup Falls. Need to go back and do the complete trail 6.6mi
Jan 31, 2019
Kalen Walkington
Jan 13, 2018
Zac Blackwood
Me and my dad hiked it.. The view was amazing !!!! The trail was very muddy but it was fun to walk through!!!! My dad almost fell on his face... N… 3mi

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  4.5 from 11 votes

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#56

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Photos

A stream crossing provides a pleasant view up the ravine on the Clackamas River Trail.
Mar 21, 2017 near Mount H…, OR
Huge western red cedars grow along the Clackamas.
Mar 21, 2017 near Estacada, OR
Looking down on the Clackamas from the trail, enjoy white water and verdant forests.
Mar 21, 2017 near Estacada, OR
As they continue to grow, these Douglas firs will narrow this passage along the Clackamas River Trail.
Mar 21, 2017 near Estacada, OR
You'll have to navigate a few creek crossings along the Clackamas River Trail.
Mar 21, 2017 near Estacada, OR

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