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Just did this trail today. It was my sister and my 2 children ages 11 and 8 and they loved it! We did Ape Trail that was above ground and once we got done we walked back and then went underground. I’m not sure which one we did I’m seeing a lot of posts where people say they did the Upper Cave area but crawled and we didn’t crawl at all. It was an open area cave but pitch black. I used a head flash light and my cell light and my kids had their own lights as well. We didn’t finish the cave trail due to my son sprang his ankle . The terrain is very unsteady so watch your step. Other than that it was really fun and awesome. I’m definitely coming back but more in the spring or summer time. Happy Hiking!

Did the upper caves (the challenging ones) and absolutely adored it. It gets a bit challenging in some parts but I wouldn’t consider it very hard. I enjoyed all the way.
I would recommend wearing a nice coat since the temperature is Lower downt there and definitely two sources of light (head lamp and flashlight will do) some light gloves might be helpful as well and I wouldn’t take kids younger than 8 or 9 (not only for the physical part but the fact that it’s completely dark and might find it scary)

By the way, you will need a permit in dashboard of the car to park in the lot.

Such great views of surrounding areas of the Colombia River Gorge! Did this a few years back with 2 Cocker Spaniels and they did great besides all the barking!

hiking
7 days ago

Did both caves. Did this hike without hiking baby. And I would never do this with hiking baby. Helmet is a good idea for upper trail. Recommend 2 sources of light. 1 for use 1 for backup. You do not want to be in the upper cave without light. Rope is installed for 8ft climb. Was completely alone on upper cave. Honestly not smart to do upper cave alone. Learned my lesson on that one. I am a big guy and there is a lot of tight spaces. But I did it with a camera bag and backpack. Was alone for most of the lower cave.

Super awesome hike!! Totally kick ass though. Straight uphill and lots of switch backs, but worth it.

Still closed as of 11/7/18

It was beautiful trail inside and out. We had our 1 year old son on my husband's back and were able to do about 95% of the cave until it was just too small to crawl through with a child on your back. the terrain is a but rough for a child under 4 to walk. We loved it.

Super easy hike. The lower cave is very roomy and it’s a clear path back and out. It was a surreal experience as a first time cave-goer. My only complaint is that a duo near us had clearly been disregarding the signs not to smoke cigarettes in the cave. Without the side of fresh air, it felt like we were walking through an ashtray most of the way.

We went to the side of the upper cave. We reached a point where it seemed like it ended, so we turned around. When we were finished and left the caves and referred to the maps...we realized we hadn’t pushed on far enough and there was more to the upper cave. Will definitely go back to try it out.

Good lights- yes...I went cheap on a headlamp and it wasn’t quite bright enough for my liking

It was quite wet and drippy in there...a raincoat was nice to have.

Good, sturdy shoes. The ground is quite uneven.

is this trail still closed??

hiking
21 days ago

Fun hike, went backwards starting from the upper caves. Completed 10-14-18

hiking
24 days ago

I ran through the cave basically... really wired if you know what I mean.

Great elevation gain, took us a while, and we did it in the heat. But the view was so worth it!

hiking
28 days ago

didn’t expect to do this underground cave today because we didn’t have proper lights. we were just going to hang out by the entrance to take pictures, but got so excited and amused by the scenes that we decided to carry on the upper (more difficult) trail using our iphones as lights. highly suggest using head lamps as you want your hands free. it’s flat rock at time, but there are a lot of boulders you need to climb.

i liked entering through the main cave entrance and taking the ground trail back to the parking lot. if i did it vice versa i would’ve probably been more uneasy taking the cave back.

it was my first cave experience / hike, but overall, i highly recommend.

Hiked this after Henline Trail (waterfall). Only saw one other person. Amazing views! Will be doing again.

Really amazing hike! Lot of razorbacks and some steep points but super amazing and such an awesome view all along the way (especially at the top)!

Awesome experience! I’ve never done a subterranean hike and this was absolutely amazing. It wasn’t too crowded today. I went al the way back on the lower trail until I belly crawled to a point where my brain said enough! I did a small portion of the upper trail as I soon realized my knee injury didn’t approve. I will return and finish that tho. Again. Amazing! But please please please bring a headlamp or flashlight. Saw a few iPhone users and it just didn’t cut it.

Kids had a blast. My kids are younger so we stuck with the lower caves. But, I would love to come back at some point for the upper section. Definitely worth while for everyone to explore. Bring good lights and back ups.

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.

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.

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.

You can just go rogue in the caves with a headlamp it was absolutely sick

hiking
1 month ago

great hike

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail.

"The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker.
The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation."

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail.

"The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker.
The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation."

Did a backpacking assessment test this Saturday. Was a great hike to the top. Got an early start and no one else on the way up. still a few clouds on top, was clearing up. Had to head back down, and met (5) other hikers headed up. Did pretty good with a pack on for the conditioning assessment...was a blast and glad to see my vehicle when I got back down. A real nice workout for an old goat.

backpacking
2 months ago

Did a 1 night backpacking trip on Sept 4. Started counter clockwise, so at Green Canyon. It was steep pretty much the whole way, but also forested the entire time so it wasn’t bad at all. You don’t get the fallen trees until you meet Hunchback trail, and it’s not too bad. We reached Devils tower and wished we could have slept there: it’s a lookout tower that you can sleep inside with a view of Mt Hood. If you stay here, you could see sunset and sunrise which is a huge perk! there are also plenty of campsites around but you will need to bring all your water as you really only have water access on the Salmon River which the trail only follows the first three miles going clockwise. We camped at Kinzel Lake which wasn’t hard to find and there are established sites with tables which was nice. The next day we descended all the way the end. We didn’t run into people until the last 2 miles of the Salmon River trail where you will find plenty of camp spots. The best scenery in my opinion were the last 3 miles on the salmon river. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

We had so much fun on this trail! We did the harder upper cave with my partner and four kids ranging in age of 6 to 19, they all did really great! Tips: bring a jacket, sturdy shoes, long pants, and a GOOD headlamp. You want your hands for climbing. Being an extra flashlight too. I took us almost an hour and a half to get through just the upper cave portion, not including the trail back. Enjoy!!

hiking
2 months ago

One of the coolest experiences we've had on a hike! We did the more challenging upper cave and, while it definitely took some careful navigating and agility, it was totally worth it. We would have been in rough shape without our sturdy shoes, headlamps, and gloves (not so much for warmth, but to protect your hands as you'll be using them to steady yourself A LOT).

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike for adults and kids! Chilly in the cave, make sure to bring jackets.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on Aug 29: easy road access to TH. U need a permit. Well-marked trail, nice incline to get warmed up and then it gets steep for about 4 miles. Kinzel Lake was crystal clear, sunny day so lots of beautiful scenic views and majestic view of Mt Hood. No bugs. Blowdown gives you a challenging workout on the way down. Heard there were car break ins so I emptied everything I didn’t want but we didn’t have any trouble. It was quite tranquil listening to the Salmon River on the way up!

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