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Pup Creek Falls via Indian Henry Trailhead

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Mount Hood National Forest

Pup Creek Falls via Indian Henry Trailhead is a 8.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estacada, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.7 mi Elevation gain 1,627 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

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Great year round, moderate hike. Can be technical over creek crossings and fallen trees. Trail clear most of the time. Steady elevation gains. Opportunities to picnic about half way in by the Clackamas River. Pup Creek Falls is a hidden gem. More impressive than Multnomah Falls with far fewer people.

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Reviews (249)
Photos (323)
Recordings (176)
Completed (385)
Aubrey MacDonald
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Hiking

Long, over grown don’t do with young kids. We did and they did alright but they are used to it

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Michelle Csergei
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Hiking

Spectacular view of the waterfall any time of year. I’ve been there in winter and summer. Pretty narrow trail in parts so can have treacherous spots in the winter. Not a whole lot of space to sit by the waterfall but fun to explore if you’re careful traversing over some rocks.

Anna Doty
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Dawn Reid
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Cynthia LaPlante
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

Pup Creek Falls is beautiful. Hike is a little longer than 8.7 miles

April Gracz
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April Gracz
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Nicky Wyman
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

The actual pup creek falls get 5/5. The trail is definitely longer then 8.7miles we clocked it at around 10-11 from this trail head. The trail has some good up’s and downs but nothing too difficult, and a good amount of the trail is level. There are a lot of blow downs but all are maneuverable. The trail is very overgrown the mile before the falls turn off, so I recommend long pants. Overall I really enjoyed this trail!

Briean CS
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

Disappointed in this trail, but they can’t all be amazing. Thankfully I just bought new boots that have great ankle support as I’m sure I would have tweaked an ankle from all of the rocks. It was peaceful on the way up listening to the river, but traffic increased on the way back and road noise was prominent. Pup Creek was beautiful, but the rest of the trail leaves much to be desired if you like views. There were many logs to scramble and there was so much overgrowth, thankfully I wore my new Columbia trail pants. All Trails clocked 13.1 miles and my tracker almost 14.3.

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Sadie Alloway
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HikingBugsOver grown

there’s a great spot to jump in the water in the middle of the hike and the falls are stunning! we climbed and scrambled up to the top and it was so cool just be careful cause it was very slide-y

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Abigail Wilmington
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HikingOver grown

Great trail! I have hiked to pup creek falls via both trailheads, Indian Henry and Fish Creek and I would definitely recommend starting at Indian Henry. This provides a more gradual ascent that is very manageable. Not to mention the rock cliffs and tunnel section are a great addition. One thing to note is that there is a mile section before getting to the turnoff for pup creek falls that is overgrown, so if this is done on a rainy day be prepared to get wet! The overgrown ferns will soak your feet. I was wearing waterproof boots and could still pour water out of my shoe as it was getting in through my pants.

Annmarie Ballard
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Hiking

The elevation was not bad, coming from Utah where everything is straight up this hike was FANTASTIC! The trail was groomed well! It did rain several times as it was evening! The waterfall is the BEST I have ever seen It is about 8.8 miles not what all trails said but, other than that it was GREAT

Sarah Leland
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

There are multiple areas of blowdown that you have to climb under/over to continue on the trail. It was very muddy the day we went so climbing over some of these trees was a slippery challenge. Also, there is significant overgrowth on a good portion of this trail, specifically under the power lines. At times it doesn't seem like you're on the trail but you truly are. Long sleeves or jackets are recommended if you're sensitive as the brush will scratch your skin as you power through. The falls are beautiful and worth the excursion if you're up for it. Side note, my gps clocked this trail at 10.3 miles and we really didn't stray from the trail.

lauren ladky
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

If you are looking to “get away from it all” this isn’t your trail. You can hear hwy 224 most of the time and there is a shooting Range or Something across the river from where you will turn for pup falls. Otherwise beautiful trail! The first 2 miles are gorgeous with massive ferns and small beautiful waterfalls cascading down walls of moss. Very muddy and Bushwacking while you pass under the power lines.

Stephannie Sloane
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

Amazing trail! Rolling hills throughout made me work a little but catch up was just around the corner. Good steady pace throughout. There is a very overgrown part of the trail- if it’s raining wear dry gear or you will absolutely get soaked. Beautiful finish and worth it to see the gorgeous falls!

anthony l.
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

First mile is pretty pleasant, then you encounter significant blow down and some small rock slides. At times you do hear a lot of traffic from 224 across the gorge. The part of the hike that crosses under the power lines, after mile three or so, is super overgrown. We started early and didn't see anyone until lunch at the falls.

Jett Locke
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Joe Boston
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grown

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever hiked. 5 stars. There is some major blowdown about 1/3 way to Pup Creek Falls that may pose a problem.

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