Riverside Trail #723

Area Status: Closed

This trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail under the National Trail Systems Act for its scenery and close proximity to urban areas. The trail weaves along the Clackamas River through old growth forest, offering many great views of the river.

The trail starts at Rainbow Campground (1,400’) and ends at Riverside Campground (1,480’). From Rainbow Campground the trail climbs gradually through old growth trees along the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River to the confluence with the Clackamas River. After 0.5 mile the trail offers the first view of the Clackamas River. The trail continues along the Clackamas River and reaches a nice beach 1.6 miles later. Continue 0.1 mile to the junction with a spur trail that starts at Forest Road 4600-039. This is a good alternate trailhead for those wanting a shorter hike. The trail continues to follow the Clackamas River and after 1.1 miles the trail reaches a stand of very large old growth trees. The trail continues another 0.4 mile to the end of the trail at Riverside Campground. The trail is generally level; however the occasional change in grade classifies this as a more difficult trail.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: CLOSED due to extensive damageĀ from the Riverside Fire.
Fees: Please do not park at either Rainbow Campground or Riverside Campground or you may be charged a camping fee.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Horses and bikes are prohibited.
Closest Towns: Estacada, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Clackamas River Ranger District: (971) 333-4100

General Information


From Portland, OR - 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 30.6 miles to Clackamas River Hwy (Forest Road 46) (at milepost 50). Travel 0.3 mile to Rainbow Campground Trailhead sign. Turn right into the trailhead parking lot. The trail starts 0.1 mile from the road.


Mountain Biking

See day hiking description.

Day Hiking

Once you are on the trail, following the trail to the right takes you to Rainbow Campground (approximately 2 miles); the trail to the left takes you to Riverside Campground (approximately 2 miles). The trail, recommended for hiker use, weaves along the Clackamas River as well as through old growth forest, crosses over streams on log-stringer bridges, passes through wet areas on wooden puncheons and offers spectacular views of the Clackamas River.

Viewing Scenery

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
3.7 miles

  Elevation : 
1360' - 1500'