Clackamas River Trail #715

Area Status: Closed

Trail from Indian Henry Trailhead to Cat Creek (approx. 4 mi.) is in the Clackamas Wilderness within the 2009 Clackamas Canyon addition. The trail from Fish Creek to Pup Creek is non-wilderness. The entire trail is restricted to Hiker Use Only. This popular trail is mostly forested, has a nice variety of moderate terrain and offers great views of the Clackamas River.  There are several scenic attractions along this riverside trail including beaches, old growth forest and waterfalls; including the100 foot tall Pup Creek Falls.  There are several large flat areas that provide opportunities for camping, picnicking and fishing access.

This trail can be accessed from the Fish Creek Campground (920’) or the Indian Henry Campground (1,280’).  Hiking the trail from the Indian Henry Trailhead is suggested.  The Clackamas Canyon Wilderness section starts at Indian Henry Trailhead and ends at Pup Creek.   Crossing Pup Creek during high water can be extremely difficult.  From the Fish Creek Campground trailhead, Pup Creek Falls is a short hike from the trail and worth the small effort.  The spur trail to Pup Creek Falls is 3.6 miles from the Fish Creek Trailhead and 3.9 miles from the Indian Henry Campground.  Use caution with small children and pets where the trail climbs above cliffs.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: CLOSED due to extensive damage, destroyed bridges, and slide areas from the Riveside Fire.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Mountain bikes are prohibited. Hiker use only.
Closest Towns: Estacada, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Clackamas River Ranger District: (971) 333-4100  

General Information


From Portland, OR to the Fish Creek trailhead, travel east on US Hwy 26 to Sandy.  Turn right (southwest) on OR Hwy 211 and travel 6.1 miles to OR Hwy 224.  Turn left (southeast) on OR Hwy 224 and travel 20.1 miles to Forest Road 54 (approximately 0.25 mile south of milepost 39).  Turn right on Forest Road 54, cross the bridge, and take the first right into the Fish Creek trailhead parking lot.  Park at the far end of the lot.  Access the trail on the south side of Forest Road 54. 

From Portland, OR to the Indian Henry trailhead, follow the directions above to OR Hwy 224.  Follow OR Hwy 224 26.7 miles to Forest Road 4620 (approximately 0.75 mile south of milepost 45).  Turn right onto Forest Road 4620. Travel less than 0.5 mile and turn right into the paved trailhead parking lot across from the Indian Henry Campground.  Access the trail from the right (northeast) side of the parking lot.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking: The trail traverses over rocky outcroppings, along the river bank, through clearings and old growth trees.

Viewing Scenery

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Scenery: One of the scenic attractions is the 100 foot high Pup Creek Falls. There are many falls and cascades along the trail.


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
7.5 miles

  Elevation : 
920' - 1400'