Pup Creek Falls via Clackamas River Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews
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Pup Creek Falls via Clackamas River Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Lynx, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3011 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

8 days ago

Lots of small rocks in the trail. We read reviews about good shoes, but ignored them. Definitely a must. Also, had a hard time finding the trail head without service. It begins near the Indian Campground. Follow the road back until you see the parking lot on the right. The end was gorgeous, and some of the river views were, too, but the overgrown areas made it a little difficult, especially since it had been raining. I wouldn’t go any later in the year (October) for fear of unsafe conditions. Takes about 4 hours there and back.

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23 days ago

Lush green well-marked trail. Beautiful old-growth trees, and most of the trail runs parallel to the river. Use caution if it’s raining as there are quite a few areas for potential slides. The trail has a few spots where it is quite narrow with very steep drop offs. A lot of “pit run” rock is used on the path, so definitely wear sturdy hiking boots/shoes. Pup Creek Falls is your reward- absolutely beautiful!

25 days ago

Meh not impressed with this hike the waterfall is cool though enjoy

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29 days ago

Great trail, beautiful waterfall! Not too crowded!

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Absolutely beautiful, one of our favorite hikes yet

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1 month ago

This is a great hike a long the Clackamas River. Note that you will most likely not have cell phone reception. This trail has ups and downs, some small switchbacks, and a lot of little streams to see. The waterfall is beautiful and is marked by a wooden sign that indicates where the falls are. There's a few places that people have wandered off the trail to scope out a smaller, tucked away waterfall, but Pup Creek Falls is marked with a sign. Beware of the cougars in the area.

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2 months ago

This was a great, moderate to challenging hike. Got here around 11/11:30, got back to the car a little before 6 (we spent about an hour at the falls.) Trail is pretty evenly up and down, so it's not like you're hiking up to the falls and then back down. But it's super nice because you're next to the river the whole way. There are some pretty steep inclines/declines, and some areas where the trail gets pretty tight (either with the brush or on the side of a ravine/cliff), so if you're at all afraid of heights or not very sure footed, don't say you haven't been warned. My 1 year old hound mix dog pretty much ran the whole thing, the only part we had to help her was getting over a fallen tree, angled on the side of a cliff, like 0.1 from the fall. The fall itself is absolutely stunning, and huge! Like Multnomah Falls tall. We leashed up our pup so she wouldn't follow us as we scaled the rock wall to the left of the fall to get to the middle pool. If you can do this safely, it's so worth it! I'm a little sketched out by heights and had a few moments where I wasn't sure, but overall it really wasn't that bad. We'll definitely do this one again!