Pup Creek Falls via Clackamas River Trail

MODERATE 83 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
2477 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
20 minutes ago

2/17/2018 - Pup Creek definitely makes you work for its beauty. This was an easy to access trail right off of 224. No snow on the roads or trail. The trail was worn down from the winter but looks like it’s usually well maintained otherwise. Lots of downed trees and even some sections of the trail that looked like it had recently washed out or had the potential to do so. The water of the clackamas river is a gorgeous turquoise/green and the forest you hike through is vibrant. Only downside is the road is also right there, but since I was hiking alone it was comforting. Elevation is fairly gradual but I definitely felt it on my trip back to the car.

hiking
5 days ago

Waterfall (pup creek falls) is a 5/5 - amazing.
Bald eagle sighting at parking site.

Hike came in at 9 miles for me (4.5 each way including off trail treks to see each smaller fall along the way)

For feb the weather was nice, no snow, trail not as exciting for the first 3 miles. Understandably a lot of downed trees with the sloping ridge/off season but also a lot of the trail was suffering. Clackamas river very pretty but hiking trail & river follow alongside a road with decent amount of cars across the way for the entirety. Nice hike with great payoff but dreaded having to go back on the same trail all 4m back.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful forest and falls! Semi busy on a Saturday afternoon but not too bad. A few logs and muddy spots to navigate, but all in all a fun afternoon.

26 days ago

Nice trail. Allot of people but all friendly. wish it was further from the road but pleasant anyway.

1 month ago

Nice views of the river and gently varying elevation along the route. The falls themselves are gorgeous. We saw a bald eagle hunting along the river. All in all a good winter hike that's easy to get to.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of cute little waterfalls and a few nice places to hang out by the river along the way. No snow, but muddy (which my dog loved!). The elevation is not bad at all. A little steep in some areas. Overall a pretty easy hike. Pup creek falls was lovely. Be cautious when leaving your car at the trail head. Came back to find that a car near mine that had been broken into :(

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail today and it was great. No snow, it wasn’t crowded , and the waterfall is gorgeous. You need a NW Forest Pass or pay $5 to park

1 month ago

Did this trail for the second time on 01/03/18. It was snow free as of the time of this writing.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 12/27/17. First 1.5 miles traverses slopes that were burned in the 36 Pit fire of 2014. Some really awesome trees are in this section. There are several cedar trees that have fire scorched centers that are still alive. As of this writing, snow was present but not an issue, and the trail is highly visible all the way to Pup Falls. There are some steep cliffs along the trail which make for nice views across the road and up river. Have fun, stay safe and if you bring it with you, take it out. Note: the day I went I heard firearms discharging across the river along the road and it was unnerving.

2 months ago

Cool waterfall and cliff jumping

hiking
2 months ago

You can hike to Pup Creek Falls from Fish Creek trailhead or from Indian Henry Campground I believe. The recording saved here starts at Fish Creek, which is what I did, but I don't believe the 2,400ft elevation climb/drop is accurate for that route. Another site said 1,600, and that felt more like it. There is a parking lot at the trailhead, you pay $5 unless you have a Northwest Forest Pass. It was a beautiful hike along the Clackamas River, then the last .2 mile heads away from the river to the waterfall. Hwy 224 runs along the opposite side of the river, so you do see/hear cars occasionally, depending on the time of day/week. There weren't any wash outs or trail damage to speak of when I went last week. 4 adults carrying a baby and a toddler, took us about 5 hrs including time to stop at the waterfall, eat lunch, feed kids, change diapers, etc. It was enjoyable, would do it again. Some of the trail is packed soil, some is large (baseball sized) gravel, I'd recommend hiking boots with some ankle support.

2 months ago

Overall I liked the hike it was very scenic and the falls are worth the hike. The rocks on the trail did add to the challenge. Lots of ups and downs. I didn’t mind seeing 224 for most of the hike I think I saw fewer cars than I did people on the trail. I started early and didn’t see anyone on the way out but on the way back I passed about 20 people. I guess it was Sunday and not raining.

3 months ago

Easy to find and clearly marked along the way. My only problem is that you’re never out of earshot if the highway and that it’s a little more popular than I would’ve thought

4 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months 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!

4 months ago

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

backpacking
5 months ago

Great trail, beautiful waterfall! Not too crowded!

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful, one of our favorite hikes yet

5 months 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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