Pup Creek Falls – Clackamas River Trail

by Rainbow Bobbins

Pup Creek Falls – Part of Clackamas River Trail
7.8 Miles
1200 or so elevation gain
Pup Creek Fall
Description: Easy hike with gradual elevation gain- the hike will get your heart pumping in a couple areas but mostly a mellow hike along the Clackamas River with some opportunities to splash around in the river during the right time of year. April 20, 2008 the river was too fast and too cold for me to play in it. Just on the other side of the river is the highway – a slight drawback to this hike as you will hear the Harleys revving by. But for the most part a lovely little hike. Hike to a 3 tiered waterfall and back. The lichen on the wall of the waterfall and the limey moss-covered trees are truly gorgeous. There is the opportunity to continue on the trail if you want a longer hike. I got to the site at 9:00am; by the time I returned from hiking the parking lot was full. Appears to be a popular spot.
Directions: OR 224 southeast 16 miles past Estacada. Cross 2 large, steel bridges. Right onto Fish Creek Rd. Drive past Fish Creek Campground. Cross another bridge. Park in lot on R.
Disclaimer: You might want to do a google search to double check directions, distance and elevation. I report to the best of my ability but I’m not a fact checker – do your research.