Explore the most popular camping trails near Estacada with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
3 days ago

This hike is about 13-15 miles around the lake, no significant elevation worth noting and very easy terrain! We hiked around the lake from Little Crater Lake and set up camp at Meditation Point. It was really beautiful and a nice view of the lake! Next time we will definitely take a fishing pole. The next morning we hiked the rest of the way around the lake. Note: Park rangers do come by tent sites (even hike-in sites) to check everyone is following the rules. Trails are maintained well, tent sites were clean and hike-in camp sites are first come first serve but during this weekend we had plenty to choose from!

We passed Little Crater Lake on our way to hike around Timothy Lake. The rating is correct in that the trail is easy - anyone should be able to walk it! The lake is "little" yet deep & beautiful. If you are in the area take a minute to check it out but I wouldn't make a drive out to the Mt. Hood Forest Area just to visit it.

We didn't make the whole hike, but what we did was beautiful. We had our 5 and 6 year old with us, which made us take a nice slow pace, as there were some decent elevation gains for them. The river right there was wonderful, and there were some great opportunities for pictures. It was fun, especially for the kids, to see rafts and kayaks heading down the river.

We spent a weekend at the Northern portion of Timothy lake, and hiked there to Little Crater Lake. The hike was wonderful. My grandma in her 70s (I believe) was able to manage the hike (though she's spunky) as well as my 5 year old. We had a good size group and everyone was able to enjoy the hike. Little Crater Lake is a pretty cool phenomenon to see.

This is a beautiful area. I typically prefer my hikes a little further out than this, but wanted something close to take the kids on (6,7, and 9). They all did extremely well, the little elevation gain always helps. The trail was simple, but had quite a bit of changes to break up the monotony for the kiddos. They loved stopping at the fish hatchery and checking it out. The trail is shared with horse riding, and the kids loved looking for horse tracks, and poop. We spent about 20 minutes just sitting at the Clackamas River watching for animals. We saw a Great Blue Heron, and a few other birds.

9 miles RT from trailhead to falls. nice elevation intervals, dogs did well except one got lost in the overgrown shrubs at one point. nice flowers, small parking lot.

Spent Tuesday night at the camp and hiked most of the trail — very serene, easy and quiet! Didn’t pass one other person. I’d definitely recommend this as a really decent spot to take a peaceful, easygoing stroll especially with your dog.

Loved the trail and beautiful hike. My German Shepard pup loved it and did great on the trail. My car got broken into so just take extra care. When I parked there was a lot of glass on the ground and more so after my windows were broke so just take extra care with your pups paws in the parking lot.

backpacking
25 days ago

"Screw you road! you're ruining my emersion!" The trail was fantastic, pretty steep at some points, really rocky at other points, by no means a walk in the park but not so hard that we were deterred at any point in time. Went until the sun started to set, made it to the waterfall which was a bit underwhelming but cool none the less. A great first trail to backpack with my friends, definitely interested in going again and finishing it next time!

03/30/18 Had a great hike with my little dogs. Every party I ran into (6 total) also had a dog. Had to help my two 9 lb chihuahuas across Pup Creek because the stepping stones don't go all the way across the creek, and she was flowing good enough to sweep away my little guys.
Hike not too strenuous but moderately lengthy. I calculated 3.7 miles each way. Didn't have to take a break. Lots of things to check out along the way.
Trail goes above the Clackamas around a thousand feet, then down to river level. Does that a few times. You never want to fall off a trail, but a couple miles in you can get in a lot of trouble if you fall off the trail.
I really enjoyed this hike, and I really recommend it to anyone.

Lots of fun and very beautiful

Pretty and lightly trafficked trail. Great river views and lush, green forest. Would be great for a picnic, as there are many nice river spots along the way. The only downside is that some parts are close to the road, and those tended to have some vehicle trash and toilet paper around them. Still, other parts were beautiful and secluded, and we only saw two other people while we were there, so it was nice to have to trail to ourselves. Trilliums and wildflowers are just beginning to bloom.

Great hike. good views and interesting variety of views, falls, geography, flora. very few people on the trail. a little mud but not much. fairly easy creek crossings. great main waterfall but only a small viewing area that didn't make sitting and enjoying it easy.

Hiked on 03/28/18. Started at Fish Creek trailhead. Went to Pup Creek Falls. Fell into Pup Creek while making the crossing because those last two rocks were slippery! Gotta be more careful there for sure next time. Went to Indian Henry trailhead, then did the return trip, stopping again at PC Falls to add as many miles as I could to the trip. Total 16.3 miles for the day.

Great hike with my pup. Only saw a handful of other hikers and heard less than 10 cars pass by. I started at the middle point where these directions take you. I went left to the campground and back up to rainbow campground, then back to my car and my watch had me at 10 miles. Although I did explore all the side trails and frequently walked to river access. Also I did not see a waterfall. Great hike though!

trail running
2 months ago

Trail was amazing to run! Lots of scenery. Quad crushing hills. Sign is hard to find, FYI.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! super beautiful with all the fallen trees!

hiking
2 months ago

Must pay to park; no prepaid park passes can be used. Make sure to pay at Fish Creek even if you park one car at Indian Henry. Trail is narrow and steep in some places but maintained well. Made passing others challenging in most areas especialyl with dogs. One large creek crossing with no bridge was extremely difficult in March. Trail is adjacent to the Hwy, some powelines, and you can hear the buzz from the electrical plant. Parking was full, we had to step through large amounts of garbage to get to the restroom.

Hiked 03/03/18 - Having hiked the lower section of the Clackamas River Trail several times, I was eager to see this part. I think I prefer this section to the lower. Snow was still present, though not an issue. There are some very nice large trees and smaller waterfalls along the trail. I think my favorite part of this trail is between 1.5 - 2 miles in. There are more than a handful of waterfalls and really cool basalt ledges here, although I think many of these falls are seasonal. The boulder crossing at Pup Creek was the only obstacle, though not a problem for me. The boulders are well placed on both sides of the bank, but the middle is missing a few "steps." The overall trail description is spot on. Have fun. If you pack it in, pack it out. Even food waste is considered trash... ahem... I'm talking to you, leaver of orange peels. :)

One of my absolute favorite hikes of all time. Went to see the eclipse here and literally only saw one other group. This hike is totally under rated. Pup creek falls is amazing and beautiful and you can hike up to and on it. Easy to get to. Challenging enough that you’ll feel accomplished without kicking your ass.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a point to point hike along the Clackamas River that connects upstream Riverside Campground to downstream Rainbow Campground. I started and finished at Rainbow Campground trailhead. It is a good easy hike with very little elevation gain and I used it to increase my walking speed. Light snow was on the trail in some areas though not an issue. I imagine with all the spur trails to the river this is a good place for summer swims. Hiked on 02/15/18.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail, very narrow in some places. There are two entry points. You can start at the first one one which is about .50 mile from the Ripplebrook guard station, which is also a general store that sells passes to Bagby Hot Springs if you wanna full day. There is a sign indicating the trail, but this point drops you off in the middle of the trail and you can walk up and down both directions. If you want to start at the beginning of the trail, head further down to Riverside camp ground for an easy 3.7 mile trek one-way. As noted it runs close to the road, but traffic was light as was the trail on a cloudy Sunday morning in February.

This hike is great in all weather. Trail is stable even when wet. Lots of tree coverage. A nice, cleared plateau about half way in right by the river where you can sit and watch the rapids. The waterfall itself is very impressive. Lots of little ones along the way. Feels very mystical and peaceful.

Do NOT go here. The trailhead is completely littered with shotgun shells among other trash. People are shooting guns very close by with no regard for others enjoying the woods. Trail is clearly not well maintained if at all.

hiking
4 months ago

Spent a long weekend camping here, fantastic views and great small trail for kids and dogs. Connects to PCT for longer distances

Trail is good. Some ice around where the cliffs/water run off is. Trail could also use some weedwacking around the powerline areas.

Went a few days ago and it was so green and beautiful!

great trail easy to moderate for mtb, just watch out for stupid hikers without paying attention to themselves or to their dogs

hiking
9 months ago

Went on a Monday in late July. Only one there. Lake was very serene.

Would not consider this a hike. Short walk back to the lake from the Campground. Beautiful color. Sign for no swimming but saw a guy jump in when we were there. Near Timothy lake and part of pacific crest trail

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