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hiking
12 days ago

Really enjoyed this 5 mile hike. Utilizes horse trails, so yes, as others have said you get what you get from horses! This certainly didn’t spoil the walk for us. Terrain is fairly flat but with a couple of sharp inclines.. nothing too serious. Would hike this trail again

great hike but definitely do the loop

It was 10 miles round trip to Pup Creek Falls from the Pup Creek trail head. Took me about 4 hours round trip which included fast walking and about 35 min of playing around at the falls. The trail does have some mileage markers which is nice. The falls has 3 tiers and I believe the second tier is accessible by climbing steep rocks. Overall, great hike and another beautiful PCNW waterfall.

Beautiful. Only downfall is you never get away from the road noise or power lines. Saw multiple camp spots along the river. Would recommend wearing hiking boats there are a lot of rocks on trail. There is a swimming hole above the first fall.

This is a beautiful easy to hike Clackamas River Trail.
The trail has enough elevation to make it worth while to wake up for and have a light workout without getting too exhausted by end of the day.
It is advisable to wear a pair of shoes with good traction and tracking polls are very highly recommended.
Have fun and enjoy every step of the hike.

We started at Indian Henry where there is no fee. If you start at Fish Creek you pay a $5 fee. We went to Pup Creek Falls and then back to Indian Henry for an 8 mile hike.
From Indian Creek you first come to Half Cave. That is a cool part of the trail where you have to duck under the rocky overhang to get through. Next are the Narrows. This is a nice place to take a break and have a snack. After awhile you will cross Pup Creek on a series of rocks that are lined up. Keep going on the trail, around the corner and up the hill where there is a trail to the falls only .2 of a mile off the main trail. I thought the falls were very cool.
We went back to Indian Henry here. Total hike was 8 miles. It's rated as moderate which is accurate. It's a good hike. The trail is easy to follow.

backpacking
1 month ago

We parked one car at Fish Creek Campground (where we camped for the night) and drove the other car up to Indian Henry to start the trail that way. Construction was a bit loud for the first two miles of the trail but after that, the river pretty much drowned out the sound of the highway on the other side. As stated in other reviews the ups and downs are no joke. It was challenging for myself but my two girlfriends did great with the elevation gains. They veered off to the waterfalls and I kept going so I didn't lag behind. We took our time, the views were amazing and a few spots along the way to camp overnight in between. Did the complete 7.8 miles and would do it again. Weather was great. Streams and creeks running low so no wet shoes at all. A few sketchy spots with logs over the trail that definitely you can't go under so be careful. Only one spot of the trail that is poorly maintained and thats before the elevation gain to the turn off for Pup Creek Falls. First time backpacking in Oregon and worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

deffently one of my favorites. it's real flat loop and it's only 13 miles of you connect to little creater lake fun and longer.

backpacking
1 month ago

Took an overnighter trip on Tues-Wed. Wonderful view and not too crazy of elevation climbs as we went counter-clockwise at the loop after starting at Shellrock. Easy enough distance to be out and back within 24 hours. We brought a hammock and spent a long time resting at Serene Lake. Wonderful spots all around for making camp.

Starting at Shellrock and doing the loop brought our mileage to 12.3.

Was a nice scenic trail along the river most the way, was rough at spots because of all the rocks but that's the fun in it, wouldn't be fun if it were easy. The waterfall was awesome, overall it was a great trail and would recommend it.

My hike varied quite a bit from this route. I hiked nearly every trail in the northern half of Milo McIver State Park. It was a nice hike, though I had wished for more visibility and access to the river. There was one really cool place to hang out on large logs at the northeast point. Most river access trails are not official, but rather "hacks" users have made. It's almost like the park rangers don't really want people using the river. Perhaps it's because there is a dam upstream, and it can be dangerous to play downstream in case the flow needs to be changed. Next time I visit I'll see the southern half of the park which I predict to be more interesting. The trails are well-marked and pretty easy to follow. There was a lot of undergrowth that looked like poison ivy along some of trail sections, so I tried to avoid it.

Might be the best trail I’ve done in a while. Came here on a Monday afternoon and it was almost completely empty. A nice variety of environments and difficulties.

8/26 Road was still closed 10 miles from trailhead but we were able to take the Forest Road that lead to the top of South Fork Mountain and hiked down a steep trail little over a mile to the lake. Huckleberry Heaven!

hiking
1 month ago

If you do this from the campsite, which is where Google maps directed me to, it’s just over 8 miles, campsite to campsite. Pretty hike. Nice to hear the river. Not too many cars so I was rarely aware when I was near the road, which wasn’t often. Lots of ups and downs, old growth and new.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful and peaceful lake

Thought I was on the easy trail but completed this one nonetheless. A few logs to navigate over or under or around, which my Westie didn't appreciate, but the views at the end were a nice payoff. Also several worthy views along the way if you can't or don't want to complete the whole hike.

The road was closed 10 miles away from the start of the trail 8/18/18

hiking
2 months ago

So the directions take you to Riverside Camp ground which is fine and we started there, but there is a sign just before it’s a small wood sign on a tree and there is a parking lot so if your directions say 1 mile left start looking for the sign. Was a great hike for newbies definitely going back and did not see a waterfall

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike, great views

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike great camping great swimming

The falls are amazing! Very quiet trail...even on the weekend.

Saw a bunch of small snakes too

backpacking
2 months ago

past the half cave a ways there's a split where you have a mini Sandy area into a calm pool of water off the river.
simple trail, not too many inclines.
Well kept unless you keep going to pup falls then there's a bit of overgrowth.

The hike itself was nice and the lake was beautiful.

Unfortunately I have to dock two stars for the awful road getting there. There were potholes the size of sofas for several miles. Maybe about 45 minutes of driving total. The road was also very narrow, and bushes were creeping in from the sides. We scratched up our rental car pretty good, so now we have to wax it before we return it.

Also, and this is no fault of the trail, some terrible camper lit a fire the day before we hiked this trail. They didn't do a good job of containing it and it spread in about 15-20 feet in all directions. They're lucky it didn't start a wildfire in the whole region. My wife and I were both disappointed. Both because of the recklessness, and because we had to hightail it out of there to report it (it was still hot and there's no cell service there).

backpacking
2 months ago

Because I don't have a four-wheel drive vehicle I started at shellrock Lake trailhead and made it a two day hike. The hike up to Fraizer Turnaround is really pleasant and Shellrock Lake was a lovely way to start a hike. My friend and I camped at middle Rock Lake for the night which had quite a few bugs but otherwise was very nice.

The hike to Serene lake the next morning was fun with some challenges like significant elevation gain and navigating lots of fallen trees with a big pack. We only encountered one person and on a Monday in July had the lake to ourselves most of the day.

Serene lake itself is idilic, crystal clear water with a nice open valley to make sweeping views. There are cool rocks in the middle of the lake to play around on and large boulders on the south side of the lake to jump off into the adequately deep water. My friend had some trouble with overly friendly bees but otherwise there were fewer bugs than any of the other lakes.

In summary, the Rock lakes were nice and the camping was comfortable but a day trip to Serene Lake was definitely the highlight of our trip.

Trail is trashed and unmarked. Shotgun shells, beer cans, and rubber gloves :(

I’d be scared to walk down the trail without hunter orange gear on so people knew where I was.

Good legs workout to the tower, from pansy lake. A dozen or so trees across the trail. Bugs. Gorgeous view at the top.

trail running
3 months ago

Stopped in for travel break on way to Mt Hood. Good 5.5 mile loop for a quick trail run.

trail running
3 months ago

The Alltrails map has some incorrections. First of all, if you stick to the trails that hug the lake, that includes the PCT part, you’ll be doing about 13 miles. Be prepared to go through some campsites, bicycles, and horses on the southern side of the lake. Since I’m a trail runner, I got a lot of strange looks.
Now here’s where it gets tricky. If you are using the red outlined map Alltrails provides, the “old trail 539” has been accommodated for off-road bicycles and isn’t marked as the “old trail” when you’re at the junction. Plus, it added 5 miles to my run, which brought the total to more like 18 instead of the 15 miles that Alltrails has it at. Fortunately, I didn’t see any bicyclists on the old trail, but that may be different on the weekends. It looked like a place for competitive off-road bicycling. It might be smart to check if there’s an event before you take the hike.
A nicer hike would be to start at the Little Crater Lake trailhead, take the “bike” old trail and circle back to the trailhead using the PCT side of the lake. This way you avoid all the campers and day users. Again, make sure there’s no bicycling event.

backpacking
3 months ago

The lake was beautiful, but getting there was rough. Cars with high clearance only. Even then it was a bit sketchy. A lot of fallen trees on the path to scramble over or under as the case may be. But all those obstacles made for a very peaceful evening

Started at 8am on a Saturday and only passed 3 groups of hikers. Falls were very impressive. It really is like Multnomah Falls without the crowds. Good elevation changes. Not too steep. Lots of overgrown bushes so wear something to protect your legs. Saw newts, snakes and elk along the trail. There is some traffic noise along the trail, but don't let that deter you. The sights along the trail far outweigh the traffic noise.

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