Summary: From the Fish Creek end:
The beginning of the is fairly close to a camping area so does get some use. Within the first mile there is a fairly steep 800' climb and the number of hikers tapers rapidly. The remainder of the hike traverses a fairly steep incline between the Clackamas River and Fish Creek Mountain though the hike itself is fairly moderate. There are a few points where you will be just above the river bank and others where you'll be quite a good height from it.
As you walk along, you'll see many cliffs on the mountain side and on the river, many colorful rafts taking on what looks like some pretty hefty rapids. Of course, the cliffs will bring some small waterfalls and interesting tree falls. You may see a few white water rafts floating down the river.
There has been a fire in the area within the last few years so you'll see some areas with little ground cover yet some areas still have fairly heavy vegetation. Regardless the conifers abound.
Trailhead: You can start from either end:
From the Estacada Ranger Station follow SR-224/211 to the south. At 16 miles you will cross a bridge over the Clackamas River. Turn right onto Fish Creek Rd (FR-54). Cross the bridge and you will see a parking area on the right. The trail starts across Fish Creek Road at the far end of the parking area.
From the Estacada Ranger Station follow SR-224/211 to the south. At 22 miles you will come to a fork in the road. The right fork leads Indian Henry Campgrownd. Follow that road across the Clackamas River to the campground. Trail starts on the north side of the road at the campground. (Lat:45.09 Lon:-122.09)
Trail Guides for Fish Creek - Trail No. 715:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: US Forest Service - Estacada Ranger Station - 503-630-6861
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jimm Burton, who has posted 2 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Brian D. on 3/28/2012
This is one of my favorite hikes because it starts off flat along the river. It's a great warm up time for me and the dogs. After 1/2 mile we're ready for the climb up the first of several switchbacks. Once back down to river level, the forest is full again. There are several waterfalls and streams for the dogs to drink out of along the way. The trail is very well maintained. I have met several volunteers in the last year that are working on clearing the newly fallen trees. This is a great trail for any level of energy you have. The River along the trail is a great meditation point too.
Reviewed by SER on 3/7/2010
There's a nice 7.2 mile out and back hike as far as Pup Creek Falls that you can take. Take a short spur trail to the right after you pass under power lines. Very pretty hike, and falls. The trail was in good shape throughout. Several small washouts had been repaired. Expect some traffic noise from Rt. 224 across the river. There were lots of motorcycles going by on the sunny Saturday we walked the trail. The 2002 burn area is near the Fish Creek end, mossy old growth other places, nice variety. Trail is on the north side of the mountain so its mostly shady along the whole trail.
Reviewed by AM on 7/7/2009
Just hiked the entire trail last weekend. Most of the damage from the spring storm has been repaired. However, one enormous tree, probably 6 feet high, is in the middle of the path about 2 miles from the Indian Henry side.
Reviewed by Michael I on 4/3/2009
The recent wind and massive rains have eroded large parts of this trail and have blown trees down across it. There is some valient soul who is working on clearing all the trees and making he washouts at least passable. Still can be hiked all the way through.
Reviewed by avs on 9/14/2007
Did this hike on 9/8/07. Very nice old growth forest throughout. Good variety, lots of ups/downs, some flat spots, great views of the river, several nice places to stop and have a snack. Only saw about 10 other people so traffic was very light. All shaded except for a couple of open stretches which were short. Only bummer was you could hear the road noise the entire time. I would like to try this earlier in the year so I could see more wildflowers and the waterfalls would really be flowing.
Reviewed by alex on 7/2/2007
Felled tree blcoked the trail, forcing us to turn back to Fish Creek. We were just a mile out! Bummer.
Reviewed by Chris on 3/15/2005
Don't miss the crown jewell of this hike! A small spur trail near the trail's central point brings you to Pup Creek Falls. A beautiful cascade and secluded enough that you should expect solitude.
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