Pup Creek Falls via Clackamas River Trail

MODERATE 25 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

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This is a lovely 7.5 mile round trip hike, located in Estacada. It's views of the Clackamas river are stunning. With small waterfalls along the way, the big one is absolutely breathtaking! This trail is considered moderate. I wouldn't consider it difficult, but certainly challenging depending upon your activity level. It was a great workout for myself. Dogs are allowed on the trail, although not very crowded, the trail can be narrow in some areas. Things to remember when bringing multiple dogs. The path is rocky, so a good hiking shoe is advised. A wonderful way to spend a few hours in nature!

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24 days ago

Beautiful hike and not much traffic. The waterfall was totally worth it. It was pretty easy cause it was up and down. I highly recommend it:)

24 days ago

was a beautiful trail.....we had fun

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27 days ago

Beautiful falls, but a bit slick at the end.

1 month ago

Great trail with good mix of ups and downs and a lot of level trail. So beautiful on a sunny day!

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2 months ago

Great hike! The trailhead is across the road from the parking area. At about 3.6 miles in you'll see the sign for Pup Creek, after that it's a short .2 miles to the falls. The trail was pretty muddy especially in the beginning with a few obstructions along the way such as fallen trees. Nothing too tricky though, my 2 small dogs and I made it just fine. The trail follows the river most of the way so there's great views almost the entire time plus several smaller waterfalls. Not too many people out either, pretty peaceful. Highly recommend!

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Overall the only thing that kept this hike from a 5 star rating was the sketchiness (I think I just coined the term) of the path in some spots where the winter's weather has toppled trees across the trail. As we didn't encounter too many other hikers, compared to most waterfall hikes, we liked the seclusion. One of the other small draw backs is the lack of a wide accommodating viewing platform for the final destination as the trail stop at a small rocky outcrop. Smaller waterfalls act as appetizers on your way in. Enjoy this hike if you want to stay closer to the Portland area without the gorge crowds.

2 months ago