so much fun! We spent hours there going through the streamwatch, the wetlands and the playground area. my kids favorite part was a little stream on the Boulder ridge trail just off the wetlands trail. We spent a good half hour just playing in the water there.
Jenine W. on Cascade Streamwatch Trail
Nicely maintained wheelchair accessible paved path through the woods along the Salmon River. Very peaceful with the babbling river nearby. Nice picnic areas. Easily accessible restrooms. Covered picnic shelters. The cascade river watch trail is 3/4 mile paved loop. The wetlands trail is closed due to damage at the boardwalk. You can walk the paved pathway part of the wetlands and then turn back. Great place to go with young kids or the elderly or disabled. Stroller friendly. River is easily accessible. Lots of places to sit on the pathway and there is a viewing window where you can see fish swimming in the river.
The Enchanted Forest of the Mt. Hood National Forest.
The Cascade Streamwatch trail is definitely a truly amazing outdoor place to be at with its scenic forest setting and the salmon river running through it. Sure does make the trip worth it up here to the Wildwood recreation site in Mt Hood national Forest.
I came here last Saturday with my nephew of 13 and he truly enjoyed what this place had to offer, with its and believe you me, it truly offers a lot, from anything with a beautiful view of the trees and the river to the underwater fish viewing area that is very well set up and to finally the picnic areas by the river with BBQ pits which makes for one heck of spot for a great family gathering.
The trail has a amazing amount of craftsmanship with its log benches and sculpture of the native fishes of this area like the Salmon and Trout that pass through this area during the seasons. My only disappointment was I didn't see any fish in the underwater viewing area but I will have to make second trip back here just for that.
The trail itself was only about a mile and 1/2 long with a few zigzags and a couple of uphill parts which are very mild by the way. There are plenty of restrooms before the trailhead and on the actual trail itself, and the trail probably took only maybe a hour and 1/2 to do.
Nice and easy trail. Easy enough for our 6 and 3 year olds. We started off crossing a big bridge over the Salmon River. Then proceeded through the boardwalk, stopping at the various outlook points. Then finished the trail with a stroll through the woods. There are lots of stops on the trail and benches to rest if needed. The hike was a lot easier than expected.
This is an amazing trail. The underwater viewing area offers the chance to see coho salmon in their habitat, and to see how life works in a stream. The 1.7 miles listed is inaccurate, as this is more like one mile long. But pair it with the Wetlands/Boardwalk trail and it makes for a nice jaunt through a cool forest on a hot day. You will need either a NW Forest Pass or pay a $5 day use fee to access this area. Bring the picnic supplies, as there are many places to enjoy a lunch near the water.