Alder Flats

This is a short hike to a great swimming area on a picturesque part of the Clackamas River. With the trailhead being just over an hour from Portland this area actuisn't too crowded. There is a large amount of rocky beach to relax on, and many different areas to take a dip. There is some current and the water is pretty cold, but on a hot day, it feels great! There isn't any cliff jumping, but there is a rock in the middle of the river that you can swim out to and jump off of. There are also a few campsites along the river, as well as many campsites nearby including, Lazy Bend, Lockaby, and Armstrong, so make it a weekend!

Moulton falls

This is an amazing cliff jumping spot in southwest Washington. With deep, slow moving waters, countless rocks of different heights, including a huge bridge with a rope swing for those experienced cliff jumpers, and large rocks in the sun to lay on to warm up, there is something for everyone. There is a short hike in you can do along a paved road (there aren't any cars) or you can just park near the swimming spot. Either way this is a super fun spot. It does get crowded though, so I would recommend going on a weekday if possible.

Abiqua falls


this is definitely an adventure. The road leading down tot he trail is very long, narrow, windy and very difficult to drive on. You can park up top and walk down the road to the trailhead, but that is a long walk. Once you reach the trailhead, there is a .8 mile hike to the falls. The trail is not that great though. You have to scramble down the side of a kind of cliff using a rope someone has set up. Then you sort of bush wack alongside a fast moving river to the falls. I know I haven't made this hike seem super great so far, but once you walk up to there falls inis really amazing. You can't really swim, but you definitely cool off. This hike is pretty crowded, but for this I din't think that is a bad thing, because that means you will be able to follow people to find your way there. It is pretty tricky.

punch bowl falls

Unfortunately most of the swimming spots near Portland get pretty crowded in the summer, especially on hot weekends, which is probably when most of you are planning to go out. I will try not to add to many more places that get super crowded because I know no one likes crowds. That said, punch bowl falls is one of the most popular ones, but not for no good reason. This is a great hike to a swimming hole. The trail is about 2 miles to the waterfall, and there is a nice rocky beach to set up on near the river.