Riverside Trail #723 LbNA # 16966
|Placed Date||Jul 5 2005|
Riverside National Recreation Trail #723 is located on FS 46 just past Ripplebrook. The trail is 4.15 miles long and runs between Rainbow Campground and Riverside Campground. The trailhead is located about half way between them. There is plenty of parking. If you park in one of the campgrounds you will have to pay a fee. If you park at the trailhead, you will only need your NW Forest Pass. There is no fee-box to purchase a pass -- bring one with you. The old Ripplebrook Guard Station now sells them, if they are open. ** 8/2010 found info that pass may not be needed.
There isn't much overall elevation gain but the trail is hilly. My hiking poles came in handy. I intended this hike to start in the middle and to be an 8.3 mile hike.
8/8/10 The box at the footbridge of Rainbow CG is missing. In fact, the entire footbridge is gone.
((7/3/07 Update: Box #2 is missing. You may now skip the need to reach Riverside CG. The clue to the last box is now written in the Rainbow CG box only.))
At the trailhead, go left toward Riverside CG and do that leg first (about 1.5 miles there and 1.5 back), the do the leg toward Rainbow CG (2.65 each way).
Box #1. When you reach cement, look around carefully. It will point to where you need to look for Teamwork. Please be sure to re-hide well.
At this point, you may continue heading upriver to Riverside CG if you wish the full hike. Or, turn around and return to the beginning of your hike, then continue on the trail the opposite direction.
Box #3. After the longer wood walkway, at the next switchback, look for the sign of the place where you could get a haircut and a good old-fashioned shave. At the base, under bark and behind evergreen foliage, you will find a Songbird.
When the forest opens up to an old burned area with more broadleaf trees and plants, the trail splits. Take the left branch along the river.
When the trail splits left and goes downhill (it gets rockier and skinnier), instead continue straight on the main trail. You are now alongside the Oak Grove fork of the Clackamas River.
Box 4 missing. In it, were clues to a bonus box:
On your way back (closer to the trailhead where you parked), on your left you will pass a high, bumpy rock wall outcropping. On the other side of the trail is a cedar, with a suspicious pile of rocks behind it....