The first two miles of this popular route are a trail for all seasons, and is usually open all year. This section of the trail rambles along the Salmon through classic old growth rainforest - some of the most accessible in the Portland region. Beyond the riverside segment, the trail climbs to a sweeping viewpoint of the vast Salmon River canyon, with unseen waterfalls roaring in the depths below.
This hike winds along the beautiful, crystalline Salmon River through deep, old growth forest.
We will meet at the trailhead next to the bridge over the Salmon River (directions below), and hike upstream along the Salmon River Trail for approx. 2 miles before returning the way we came. There will be approx. 300" of elevation gain.
Directions: Driving East on Highway 26 from Portland, in ZigZag, OR turn right on E. Salmon River Road, proceed for 5 miles on the E. Salmon River Road to the trailhead, which is small parking lot on the left before you cross the bridge.
|Driving Distance from Portland||82 miles|
|Distance - Round Trip||7 miles|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in one day|
|Awards Qualified||Mt. Hood Award, Wild Ones|