Riverside Trail 723

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Distance3.8mi
Elevation Gain1,166ft
Trailhead Elevation1,395ft
Top1,496ft
Elevation Min/Max1356/1496ft
Elevation Start/End1395/1395ft

Riverside Trail 723

Riverside Trail #723 is a hiking and biking trail in Clackamas County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood National Forest. It is 3.8 miles long and begins at 1,395 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,166 feet.

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Lizann Dunegan
"This beautiful river trail is off the beaten path and offers stunning views of the Clackamas River and opportunities to view immense red cedars and also features superb swimming holes. This scenic river trail begins at Rainbow Campground is located on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River.This tributary of the Clackamas River is about 25 miles long; it flows into Timothy Lake and then flows out of the reservoir for about 16 miles and empties into the Clackamas River at Rainbow Campground.The riverside path twists and turns through immense red cedars surrounded by a shimmering green carpet of sword ferns. These amazing trees thrive in areas with a moist environment and are in demand by lumber mills.Trees that have escaped the logger’s ax can grow to be 200 feet high and 8 to 10 feet in diameter."
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Adam Sawyer
"This beautiful off-the-beaten-path river trail offers stunning views of the Clackamas River, opportunities to view immense red cedars and features superb swimming holes for both you and your furry companion to cool your paws. This scenic river trail begins at Rainbow Campground, located on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River. This tributary of the Clackamas River is about 25.0 miles long; it flows into Timothy Lake and then flows out of the reservoir for about 16.0 miles and empties into the Clackamas River at Rainbow Campground. The riverside path twists and turns through immense red cedars surrounded by a shimmering green carpet of sword ferns. These amazing trees thrive in areas with a moist environment and are in demand by lumber mills. Trees that have escaped the logger’s ax can grow to be 200 feet high and 8 to 10 feet in diameter."

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1/17/2019
Still no snow. Drier than Clackamas River Trail #715 right now.
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7/5/2010
I found this trail to be a mix, it would get 4 stars if it didn't have some dangerous fall-off potential. Along the first mile or two of the trail it would wind extremely close to the riverside cliff. See attached picture for an example of where failing to make a hairpin turn would result in a 50 foot tumble into the rocks and water below. If you show caution in the first part of the trail you'll be rewarded with a fun and challening ride along the river. Of course this means some steep up and downhill into and out of feeder canyons as well, many of which I had to walk the bike up (or down... many had sharp falloffs and, riding alone, I just didn't feel safe taking the chance on some of them).
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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Hood National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Mount Hood National Forest, Estacada Ranger Station, 595 Northwest Industrial Way, Estacada 97023; (503) 6306861; www.fs.usda.gov/mthood/
Local Contacts
USGS:Fish Creek Mountain; Maptech CD: Newport/Portland/Mount Hood/The Dalles; Delorme: Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer, page 66 D8; online trail map available at www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5405702.pdf
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