Hike 73
The Mt. Hood National Forest
Alder Flats Hike
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Map of the Alder Flats Hike

Length: 1.6 mi RT
Elevation Change: 215' loss then re-gain
Season: Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:    Easy
Permit: NW Forest Pass Not Required


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Here is a hike to a very popular destination in the heat of summer. The hike down to Alder Flats takes a winding route through tall old growth timber to the shore of the incredible Clackamas River. Depending on the season, you can encounter a large variety of wildflowers and even wild geese heading north or south on the little ponds along the way.

In the heat of summer, the Clackamas River provides a refreshing relief and natural beauty to boot. There are a number of camp spots along the river at trails end, but however long you plan to stay, this little hike is a rich reward.

The Clackamas River runs along Alder Flats
How to get there:

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Follow Hwy 224 southeast out of Estacada for about 24 miles. Just after the Timber Lake Work center exit, you will come to the trailhead for Alder Flats Campground on your right. If you come to the Ripplebrook Ranger Station, you have gone just a little too far.

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