This hike is right along the Clackamas River in Mount Hood National Forest, featuring a spectacular waterfall and several scenic spots perfect for staying overnight.

To complete the whole almost 8 mile hike you will want to park a vehicle at each trailhead. You can start at either Indian Creek Trailhead or Fish Creek trailhead. Fish Creek Trailhead seems to be a busier point. Many people opt to begin and end at Fish creek by making a turn around point at Pup Creek Falls. However, experiencing the whole trail is a must.

Pack List

  • plenty of water
  • snacks
  • camera
  • hiking sticks
  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • camping essentials (if staying over night)
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RT Distance 7.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 450 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Point-to-Point
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
River
Waterfall

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my backyard

As I live within minutes of this trail and drive by it everyday to work at Ripplebrook I have explored this trail and its creek systems. It is a nice fairly easy hike which can easily be done in one day, but I recommend two if you want to explore the side trails and creeks. The tree that once bridged the Clackamas river, along the trail, at the upper high rocks was cut out last year (2015) and is now gone. Though not recommend to cross, it was a fun tree to play on and jump off of in the warm summer months. But it is now gone. I recommend this trail for anyone that wants to take it easy


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