Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

4 days ago

Gorgeous lake, short trail. It’s a nice walk from here to Timothy Lake.

trail running
13 days ago

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

Ultra short but gorgeous deep blue spring fed pond. Once in a lifetime view. Took the Timothy lake/PCT section trail further to some heavily wooded hiking arriving at the large Timothy lake. Short, easy, flat hike.

1 month ago

I visited this trail with my family on a rainy June day. It was absolutely beautiful. We saw many newts and even a frog. We stopped at a few points to get close to the Clackamas River. We skipped some rocks and stuck our feet in the cold water. I was grateful to see no trash, and I think we may have been the only people on the trail this day. We did the whole out and back.

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 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.

2 months ago

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.

I hiked this today after cycling all the way up from estacada- great workout if crowds bum you out this place is for you not another person anywhere!

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 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
4 months ago

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

5 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.

5 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.

6 months ago

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

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

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

Very pretty, heavily wooded (mosquitoes). Short but hilly. Nice place worth exploring.

Road is closed at Hwy 224 on Estacada side. Closed at bridge due to the fire we had in September 2014. You can park at the bridge and hike up the paved Road, but it would be a long way to the trail head.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

This is a super easy walk to an incredible sight. Little Crater Lake is a 45' deep lake fed by an underground spring. The water is crystal clear, all the way to the bottom. It's a bit eery to stare all the way down to the bottom of this deep little lake and see fallen trees sitting on the lake floor. The water is very cold! My kids and I had a great picnic here and dipping our toes in the water on a hot July day. Beautiful wildflowers and not too many people.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I absolutely love this park. I am here very frequently. some of the lower trails are very muddy most of tbe year so be prepared to get dirty. The trail map that the park provides is not as compressed as you think. You have to go farther than you think to gain any sort of ground on tbe map. Riversbend trail/Maple Ridge trail are my favorite. I also LOVE the memorial look out!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Did this trail as part of a trip this weekend. Road in was in excellent condition. Trail was in good shape - some overgrowth and trees down but easily passable. Lots of wildflowers in bloom. Mosquitos are definitely a consideration! Spend the time to hike up for the stunning view from the fire lookout. Strong LTE cell signal if you're in the mood.

We stayed 2 lovely nights at Pansy Lake. Trail 549 down to Pansy Lake from 550 was rough but fine. Trails 558 and 551 between the lookout and Pansy Basin were in great shape.

Off trail 554, trail 555 Dickey Creek Trail toward Big Slide Lake was totally snowed over - though that was by far the most snow we encountered. Where trail 557 cuts off from 554 and goes down to Welcome Lakes seemed to be abandoned subsequent to what looked like a forest fire from a few years back?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nondescript, no real view, lots of horse poop on the trail. Better west side forest hikes exist all over the Willamette Valley.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Very short but beautiful. Good connector trail to PCT and Timothy Lake loop

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This is a nice trail for all levels. It is not nearly as busy as some of the other trails in the area. The path is quite narrow at times. (Totally doable, you can just tell it isn't a high traffic trail) Some negatives for us... The road is RIGHT there for more of the trail than we would have preferred. The biggest downside was the garbage. There was a l lot of it. Not garbage I was willing to pick up either... Like used toilet paper all over the place. The plus sides were there too though. You can easily spawn off the trail and check out the Clackamas River. There was a lovely bridge and LOTS of interesting trees and nature to look at along the way.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hiked this today. The Dog Creek Loop is short and easy. It would be great for kids. Goes past river and leads to fish hatchery. Opposite this trail entry point is the boat launch. You can access the more moderate level trail, Riverbend Trail. In this area of the trail, you share it with horse riders. So, when wet, it's really muddy in places. The few riders I met were friendly. A better access to the Riverbend Trail is in the Riverbend Day-Use Area. You'll find disc golf at this parking lot.

on Rivermill Loop

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Park rangers/state park has hatred towards anything but horse riders. They would rather see trails get destroyed by horses before allowing families to enjoy trails on bicycles.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Caters to horseback riding more than hiking. Horse trails make for easy walking. We only did about half of the trail. The dam is neat, as is the hatchery. Not a big park but if you're in the area it's worth a stop. The frisbee golf course looked good. They have a large off leash area too.

Campground is ok. They want everyone to have reservations... like we plan our trips that firm?!?!? Come on Oregon State Parks... live a little, fly by the seat of your pants! The reservation line can't tell how many sites are open... all this technology, still no clue!

Monday, November 28, 2016

This app takes you to the campsite .9 mile past the trailhead. This time of year, the river was high and fast, super mossy, green forest!! There was no one else out there today and it was perfect for my dog today!!! Easy trail, a bit slippery today, be safe!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

I've been here 3 times to date. Great spot for hanging out by the river when it gets hot. Lots of nice scenery and swimming opportunities. Many different species of dragonfly hang out here in the summer. There are also several camp sites.
Side note:
I'm not sure why anyone would tag this as wheelchair friendly as the last time I went there where several downed trees over the trail. The shoreline down by the river is quite rocky and I imagine would be frustrating to handle in a wheelchair.

horseback riding
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Awesome place to ride

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