Cache Meadows

This easy, fairly level trail loops through floriferous meadows with small, meandering creeks and passes by several small lakes. Parts of the trail go through very damp spots and can be difficult to follow, so be sure to have a map and GPS. Rubber boots and bug spray are advised early in the season. To go for a much longer hike, you can pick up the 7.7-mile Rock Lakes Loop Trail at Cache Meadow at the far end of the loop.


Trail: 3.3-mile loop (4050–4400′)
Location: eastern Clackamas County; Mt. Hood National Forest, Clackamas River Ranger District
USGS Map: Fish Creek Mountain; T5S.R7E.S18,19
Habitats: lake, wet meadow, creek, forest
Bloom: late-June to September


From Estacada, head southeast on Hwy 224 for about 24.6 miles. Just past Ripplebrook, turn left onto Road 4631. Follow this for 2.6 miles of pavement and 0.4 mile of gravel. Take a left fork at Road 4635 and continue for 8.6 miles (of rather pot-holey road) until you reach another fork. Stay to the right at this fork and after 1.2 miles you will see a trailhead on the left.

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