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outdoor school day hike


Waterfall Hike - Pup Creek Falls


Destination: Pup Creek Falls, Clackamas river

Where we meet: Next Adventure 9:30 AM, return to shop by 5:00 PM

Duration: ~7.5 hours

Experience Necessary: No Previous Experience Neccessary

Equipment Provided: Next Adventure will provide transportation, snacks, and experienced guides that can answer questions about the flora, fauna, geology and local history of the trail.

Spectacular Pup Creek Falls will be the destination on this hike from the Fish Creek Trailhead.  The mighty Clackamas River and the boaters on it are an attraction in itself, and the old growth trees, beaches and wildflowers make this an ideal trail in any season.

The moderately-graded Clackamas River Trail winds along the river from pebbly beaches to cliff-tops through Doug-fir forest.  If the fall rains are right, salmon spawn in the river shallows and mushrooms grow by the trail.  A side trail leads to 100-foot tiered Pup Creek Falls churning in a basalt basin.
200 feet gained over 3-6 miles.

You need to bring:
  • sturdy hiking shoes with synthetic or wool socks
  • hiking apparel (anything but cotton)
  • Day pack
  • water (2 quarts)
  • lunch (& snacks if you have special dietary needs)
  • sun and rain gear
  • your trail essentials  (see below)

Things you may want to bring:

  • trekking poles
  • camera
  • notebook / sketchbook
  • field guide
  • binoculars



Next Adventure is a fully-insured licensed Outfitter and Guide with the State of Oregon. Next Adventure is an equal opportunity Recreation Provider operating under special use permit on the Mt. Hood National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, USDA Forest Service. Next Adventure Guide-Instructors are locally trail-experienced, and carry current Wilderness First Response certification