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Clackamas River Trail

Longer than advertised, nicer than expected


I’d been eyeing this trail for a while, but I wasn’t interested in the Estacada area due to the usual issue with ‘locals’ (trash, target shooting, etc.).  Since it was unlikely that many locals would out on a Tuesday afternoon in January, we headed chose this spot.

We started at Fish Creek and headed upstream towards Pup Falls.  The temperature was an unusually mild 54°F with a light breeze.  There are no grand vistas on this hike, but there are plenty of waterfalls, creeks, seasonal seeps, old-growth, and river access points.  Be advised that there are a number of areas where there is a falling hazard and some of these areas would be very dangerous in ice and/or snow.

About that old-growth – almost half way into the hike there is a wonderful stand of old-growth.  Ancient western redcedars, Douglas firs, and western hemlocks.  These aren’t the oldest or largest trees I’ve seen, however, the stand characteristics have all the key components of true old-growth, multi-storied canopy, large standing snags, and large woody debris on ground.

All the trail descriptions say it’s 7.4 miles round trip, but I run 2 GPS units and they came out 9.6 and 10.0 miles.

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  • 9.6 mi
    Distance
  • 4 hrs 14 min
    Moving Time
  • 4 hrs 42 min
    Total Time
  • 2.3 mph
    Moving Speed
  • 2.0 mph
    Avg Speed
  • 29:18 min/mi
    Pace
  • 28 min
    Stopped Time
  • 1320 ft
    Ascent
  • 1265 ft
    Descent

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