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Memaloose and Clackamas Falls is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estacada, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 5.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,784 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

NOTE: The road for the trailhead is closed so, park across the river potentially at the abandoned weigh station about a quarter mile north-northwest on 224. Dogs are not allowed in the caves (to prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, a disease killing the bats) and you can’t get to the waterfalls without going through caves, so don’t bring your dog! These falls are Clackamas and Lower Clackamas Falls, if you want to go to Memaloose Falls you will have to bushwhack over. Notes on accessing this trail in WINTER: The “TH” (trailhead) marker is labeled with a sharpie on a reflective snow level marker and is easy to miss. The trail from there isn’t maintained, there is lots of deadfall to climb over and under. There are 4 sections of almost vertical down with ropes left by previous hikers to scale down, and up the steep, muddy downgrade. It’s fun, and a bit sketchy. Once at the bottom, the trail to the left is blocked by deadfall and the trail to the right quickly disappears.

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off trail
rocky
7 hours ago

Take 2 on one of my new favorites. This time went them lower clackamas route. Didn’t finish it to the base of the waterfall. But I have something to look forward to when I’m more prepared and fit.

hiking
7 hours ago

Awesome trail. Takes a bit of skill. Not overly maintained lots of down timber. Very muddy. Very worth it.

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blowdown
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rocky
washed out
2 days ago

Finally a hike that took a bit of skill.

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off trail
over grown
rocky
3 days ago

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blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Awesome trail. Was definitely a challenge but don’t mind going back during summer time!

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 days ago

This trail was great. Only for serious hikers because its sketchy and dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Make sure to wear appropriate boots, gear, gloves, extra lamps and head lamps, rain jackets, and pants. Also bring extra rope if you need it. We started the hike pretty late(4:30pm). We park on the other side of the road of the first bridge. The bridge says closed so we just crossed over it and there’s was machinery , it looked like someone was doing construction. But we just walked up the road for about 25 mins. Until we saw a sign “TH” this time the sign is flipped on the other side so it looks like a bumblebee stripped post rather than a all white post. But they might just flip it to the other side anyways but it’s still the same sign so just look for the black and white sign or the all white sign. it easy to determine where the trail starts and you should be able to find the rest of the way there. However, we did bring things to mark just Incase we got lost and it got to dark outside. Now the first few hills are difficult as getting more down. I added more rope in addition to the rope that was already there. You need to make sure you grip very tight and go down going backwards(please know what you are doing). Once you’ve reached the bottom of the hill you need to go right and you should see a bat cave shortly after and then you’ll lead from there. Try not to look up when going through these bat caves and don’t bring animals either! You’ll then have to cross a bridge, super sketchy to even get on to but it’s feels pretty safe once on it. Be careful. After the bridge you’ll see a sign that says “upper or lower falls” . You can go either way just know that they are different waterfalls. I went to lower falls and had to go down another big hill that leads directly to the waterfall. We headed back pretty late, so we were out there when the sun went down which is why it was important to have extra headlamps and to mark trees along the way. It did get confusing heading back especially at night which is why I recommend going in the morning!! Overall the hills weren’t as hard to climb especially because we went when it was sunny and dry, but I can just imagine when its raining or supper muddy! It was such a worthy hike and the hard work does pay off!! Be sure to travel in a group of 2 or more. Alone is fine if you are super experienced. Be prepared to wake up sore the next morning! This trail is made only for serious hikers.

7 days ago

Wasn't quite sure where the trailhead was at first, but found it a bit more than 2 miles from the turn out, up the forest road. Once on trail it had a lot of deadfalls and Creek gullies until you reach the steep downhill rope sections. MTN biking gloves worked perfectly for me. At the bottom is like another part of the world, almost reminded me of parts of Hawaii. Had a friend that did not feel comfortable going down the ropes, so just checked out the cave and river real quick and headed back up the ropes. All around an awesome hike!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

what a hike! like an adult jungle gym - ups and downs and overs and arounds. it was fun...if you're into that sort of thing. gloves were great for the ropes. a headlamp is nice too. read the reviews and read the overview to determine if this hike is right for you. plan about 4 hours for everything. Explore, snack, hike, bask, and have a great time.

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blowdown
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rocky
scramble
8 days ago

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muddy
12 days ago

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icy
muddy
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rocky
13 days ago

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