Old Salmon River Trail

EASY 35 reviews

Old Salmon River Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Welches, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles 246 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

This is an easy, mostly flat hike along the Salmon River. For never being more than 100' from the road, it feels remarkably remote. There are multiple camping sites along the trail right along the Salmon River. This trail would be a good one to hike with kids and use as that first "backwoods" experience with them since it's an easy trail with multiple, flat campsites and the entire length is close to a road. Note: This stretch of the Salmon River is closed to all angling.

1 month ago

Big trees and fall colors make this worthwhile but it's a really short trail. Will need to pair it with something else next time.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike and absolutely stunning views. I made it about 2/3 of the way and had to turn around due to a rushing river and a large, afraid dog. Will definitely go back when there's less snowmelt. Heard it's a fun place for a shallow dip in the water.

walking
2 months ago

4 months ago

Great place to watch salmon swim and jump. Beautiful views of the river. An easy hike with fairly easily traversed trails.

hiking
4 months ago

Great day for a nice easy hike, thick forest, river running, nice clear water, saw a couple of salmon , went in the afternoon, only saw 3 other hikers, a couple of campsites set up,

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail it is beautiful! Perfect for the kids & family. Along the river most of the trail, so many spots to stop & get your feet wet. Or, even bring a bathing suit for some waste high water levels.

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

mountain biking
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hiking
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8 months ago

A forest of ferns. Beautiful.

8 months ago

Didn't do all of the trail ran out of time. Plan to finish the trail some day. It was very beautiful.

hiking
1 year ago

Amazing old growth trees and spawning salmon in the fall.

1 year ago

1 year ago

hiking
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hiking
2 years ago

Really big old growth and a super easy 2.7 mile one way trail make this either an easy afternoon hike, or a connector to the Salmon River Trail, whose trailhead is across the street from the upper end. Hiked this and a few miles of the Salmon River Trail in January, super nice river scenery, lot's of great spots for lunch, but even in January there were a fair number of people, possible due to the low elevation, though this year snow isn't much of a problem.