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backpacking
1 hour ago

Gorgeous! Camped right on the beach, was like a dream.

My girlfriend and I went on a beautiful day hike with plenty of sun and 40º+ weather. Overall, we enjoyed the hike. Here are some facts and opinions: You follow the Clackamas River most of the entire way, the sound is never far away. The road is about the same. Powerlines are also there to say hello several times throughout the way. The old growth groves are impressive and there are also a couple other tree groves that you'll go in and through along the way that make for nice variation. The hike is just moderate by any non-paved standard. There are several nice little falls along the way, with the big one at the end being the finale. They are nice and pretty, but definitely not "more impressive than Multnomah Falls".

We did find a few poo'bags but besides that it was appreciably trash free. Some mud on the trail, nothing crazy... but white tennis shoes will get a taste of the wild.

Overall, I recommend this hike as somewhere to go to explore and not be too picky about everything always being perfect.

Some overgrowth once you hit the power towers, love that you're walking right along the hillside often.
You get a clear view of The Narrows but once at the falls you don't got much of an area besides standing to look.
The best place is .3 before the falls when you cross the Creek on those rocks.
All in all good for those wanting to try more than 'easy' but in my experience the ending wasn't too grand.

Pictures do not do this waterfall justice! It’s beautiful and worth the long hike. It took about 4 hours to complete so to its distance but it was not a very strenuous hike. It had a couple hills but none too challenging for the everyday hiker. My girlfriend and I hiked it in mid winter and found that there were a couple more beautiful small waterfalls on the trail. Like a 4 in one hike! One of the most beautiful and our most favorite hikes of all. We’ve hiked many trails and seen many water falls and this is definitely one of our favorites because of the beautiful terrain and creeks and falls on the way in and the sheer beauty of the main falls. Absolutely stunning.

Hiked it yesterday starting from the Indian Henry trailhead. As far as trails go...meh. It’s not nearly as challenging as stated above and I’m not in particularly good shape. No snow but tons of ice so be careful

The good: it’s not too far from Portland and easy to find. The old growth and views of the river are beautiful and there are some great camping spots.

The bad: it’s not too far from Portland. I went on New Year’s Day and ran into 7 people, but I’m guessing any other day of the year the place is overrun with Subaru man-bun instagramers. Also, the trail never veers very far from highway 224, So you’re always in ear shot of Kenny-ray and his big ass diesel Chevy tearin’ down the highway. Lastly, a lot of the hike is under high tension power lines.

Overall...it’s meh

Nice trail with a perfect amount of uphill climb, nothing too strenuous. Went in the middle of the day and only passed a couple of people. Trail was easy enough but icy patches and fallen trees added a nice challenge. The rocks were icy and slippery going over the creeks. This is appropriately rated as moderate. I didn’t find the views during the hike or falls at the end all that great.

My girlfriend and I have been on many hikes all across Oregon and this was definitely one of our favorites of them all! It took us 4 hours to complete the round trip. The main falls were stunning and one of the most beautiful waterfalls. The trail contained some beautiful views along with many other smaller waterfalls that made the 8 mile hike worth it!

always a great hike!

Went Saturday starting around 8:30. weather was supposed to be bad but it cleared around 11 for a bit. Quite a few good views of Hood. Just took hiking boots. Snow got deep enough to want skis about a half mile before the A frame. Postholling pretty bad about a mile after the A frame. One more storm and I'll go back up with skis. Many people did it with skis on this day after some bootpacking. uSpikes would have been nice on the way down.

Will go back in winter and summer

A beautiful, challenging hike! The different environments are amazing and views towards the top are great.

backpacking
1 month ago

We hiked to Jackson creek and spent the night there. It's a beautiful hike with views of sea stacks, orcas, and rainforests. The variety is amazing for a coastline. We saw orcas and used rope ladders. Make sure to have a tide chart so you can go around some of the bends during low tide. Would love backpack this again and go farther down.

trail running
2 months ago

Great loop trail to run. It was about 15 miles with very little elevation change. Pay attention and have your route mapped. It is easy to veer onto another trail, especially when running.

Today it was sunny, cool at 38 degrees and brisk with an East wind blowing 20+ mph. It was noticeable on the West shore, but the trees and terrain protected the rest of the trail. Mt. Hood looked fabulous with its dusting of snow. I saw 3 people on the trail getting in their last hike before the snows arrive.

Downhill, then uphill on way back. Great hike and super pretty in the fall. Also, very busy since it's near the timberline lodge.

Enjoyed this hike. Beautiful fall leaves this time of year!

Do not take children or dogs on this trail. Our dog had one mis-step on the narrow trail and slid and then tumbled into a ravine. He fell so far that we couldn't see him, and we thought he had been killed for sure. We got him out and were unbelievably lucky that he could walk himself back to the trailhead (and that we didn't get injured rescuing him). I have no proof, but I agree with other posters that this trail seemed longer than 7.3 miles.

Longer than 11.5 miles I think. Hike starts off at Timberline Lodge and is relatively flat, going under the ski left and through some forested/open areas. The trail then opens up into a canyon and you dip down through old trees. Down some little patches of water and through switch backs. You then have to cross the Zig Zag River, not too bad but made my friend a little nervous. You then climb up and through more canyons and near a waterfall. Nice long hike through lots of terrain. Gorgeous!

Awesome fall hike. Spectacular wilderness views along the way. Going to be sore in the morning!! Great job for the crew that cleared the downed trees

Amazing views and absolutely stunning in the fall. A few things to note...

-The road to the trailhead gets a little rocky and rough. But there was a Miata parked up there,so my fear for the rental car quickly ended.
-At the top of the Top Spur trail, take a right towards another trail junction of about three trails.
-Take the second trail on the right marked with a Mt Hood wilderness sign on the tree. This is the best side to start the loop as you’ll be facing Mt Hood head on with excellent views while you walk.
-After you re-enter the forest and Mt Hood views are gone, you’ll come to another trail junction.
-Take the Cut Off trail if you’re looking to shorten the hike. Otherwise you’ll continue on the 38 mile Timberline Trail.
-The Cut Off trail is short and will you drop you back on to the other side of the the Timberline trail. You can take a left to get back to the major junction.
-You’ll continue heading down until you cut back left to descend the Top Spur Trail.

Enjoy!!

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic fall hike! It was a huffer and puffer, but all the views are worth it. Viewed not only Mt. Hood, but Mt Adams, Mt Rainer and Mt Saint Helens. This is a very diverse hike with fields of psentemon seeding in the breeze, burns from who knows when, tallis slides, huckleberries, frosted meadows and more. Like the former review says, McNiel point would be worth the few extra miles. My legs and bum are feeling the burn today. A top notch hike.

Awesome hike with different terrain throughout. Went on an amazingly clear day and could see several peaks. Took us 5 hours and was well worth it. More traffic around 2pm than there was at 10am. Highly recommend if Mirror Lake is too crowded

hiking
3 months ago

This was a well-maintained, open trail that winds thought a variety of landscapes on the way up to the Mt. Hood timberline. I can't really speak to the views because I was socked in most of the hike, but what little I could see was pretty amazing. I suggest continuing on to McNeil Point if you have the time and energy. I hear it's worth the climb!

This was a beautiful hike! As others have stated, my only complaint is that you could see the road most of the time. Everything else was so beautiful that it didn’t really bother me. I definitely recommend going during the beginning of fall because it’s so beautiful when the leaves are starting to change and fog is dwelling around the trees. The waterfall was much bigger than I expected. Not very trafficked - even for a Saturday. We hung out at the waterfall for a good 30-45 min before people arrived.

It was 10 miles round trip to Pup Creek Falls from the Pup Creek trail head. Took me about 4 hours round trip which included fast walking and about 35 min of playing around at the falls. The trail does have some mileage markers which is nice. The falls has 3 tiers and I believe the second tier is accessible by climbing steep rocks. Overall, great hike and another beautiful PCNW waterfall.

I did not hike all the way up to the end of the cooper spur trail, I was probably only a couple of miles away. I hiked tilly jane campground, to cloud cap campground, to cloud cap inn and then retraced back to tilly jane, where I took tilly jane/cooper spur past the A-frame and up, up, up. To the shelter and past the shelter. I didn't get as great views because it was a smoky day, but it was definitely worth the trip and I will be coming here again. 8/20/18. The bugs were pretty annoying if you stopped for any amount of time and it didn't really seem that bug spray or sunscreen was keeping them away. once the cooper spur trail ends is when the mountain climbing begins. The trail up to the viewpoint is long switchbacks, slippery sand and rock and many trails that branch out or shortcuts? I took a couple of them. I saw a couple of backpackers hiking with their dog along the rim. being lots of water if you are hiking this trail. I'm so glad the road to tilly jane campground was open, shaving off some miles on my trek. I brought 3 liters of water and almost drank all my water.

Beautiful. Only downfall is you never get away from the road noise or power lines. Saw multiple camp spots along the river. Would recommend wearing hiking boats there are a lot of rocks on trail. There is a swimming hole above the first fall.

3 months ago

Very well maintained and beautiful trail.

This is a beautiful easy to hike Clackamas River Trail.
The trail has enough elevation to make it worth while to wake up for and have a light workout without getting too exhausted by end of the day.
It is advisable to wear a pair of shoes with good traction and tracking polls are very highly recommended.
Have fun and enjoy every step of the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike but the beach can be difficult if you are not good at climbing and navigating fallen logs. Nice remote area to hang out definitely off the beaten path. We couldn’t finish the hike as the tide wasn’t low enough

Beautiful hike! Cloudy in the morning, but cleared up for some views! Would recommend going in the summer.

Beautiful hike. Lucky we had a clear day got to see Mt Hood and Rainer. Good workout too.. went on Sept 2, 2018

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