Old Salmon River Trail

EASY 19 reviews

Old Salmon River Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Welches, OR 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 247 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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,

3 months ago

hiking
3 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.

4 months ago

6 months ago

A forest of ferns. Beautiful.

6 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
10 months ago

Amazing old growth trees and spawning salmon in the fall.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year 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.

1 year ago

Very relaxing easy hike with beautiful scenery. Feels like your miles deep into an old forest yet it's easy access off Hwy 26. Also a great hike if the upper elevations are snowed in and you can't get to those trailheads. The old growth here is beautiful, nurse logs everywhere you look. We did smell skunk at one point but never found it thankfully. One wider stream crossing near the end, but was an easy rock hop with poles. Multiple great spots along the river to stop and eat lunch. Over all great day!

Level, easy hike along beautiful stream, great for a walk on a Sunday afternoon.

hiking
2 years ago

VERY simple. Great for people who can't handle hills or have young kids. We went on a weekday... no way I would go on weekend as the place is HEAVILY used. Sad state of affairs but many places where people have gone off the trail so much they have created new trails.

mountain biking
2 years ago

Fun easy xc ride.

hiking
3 years ago

The Old Salmon River Trail is mostly decommissioned but is still hikeable in many ways. It's a nice path with little elevation gain and a few obstacles to overcome. There were some downed trees, the path is difficult to find in some places, and there is a stream crossing where the bridge is gone. But just before the stream, there is a bypass trail that follows the road for a short ways. Despite these obstacles, it's a beautiful place with old growth trees and it follows the Salmon River, the only river in the contiguous 48 states to be designated wild and scenic along its entire length. Normally, this is a 5 mile roundtrip hike but since we did lots of little side excursions, it was a little closer to 6. If you are ever down near Welches, OR, be sure to check this one out. We will probably return this winter for snowshoeing.

hiking
4 years ago

A great easy trail that follows the Old Salmon River Trail. You'll pass a couple of sweet camp-sites, and meander along the river. I went back about 3-4 miles and then backtracked. Lots of old-growth mixed in with 2nd growth.

hiking
4 years ago

Was a nice peaceful walk next to the river. Found some great future camp sites and a few nice spots to relax for lunch.
There is a good hike if your looking to just get out in the woods.

hiking
4 years ago

A family favorite during our family camping/hiking trips. It's a great starter trail that passes a campground & leads into several other trails, including one with hidden waterfalls! Just ask the locals

hiking
5 years ago

Just back from this trail on a slightly drippy Saturday. The moment we stepped on this trail, I felt peace. We were ready for an easy one this week, and this was just totally pleasant, walking and ogling huge old growth trees, along the Salmon River -- and very quiet. We even saw a huge salmon jump out of the water and then watched it apparently spawning. The Short Hikes guidebook says, "The large-diameter trees can put a crimp in your neck as your eyes follow the trunks skyward." We found ourselves doing exactly that -- trunks 6-9 feet across the bottom, make you just want to look up and see where they go! The only thing I could have wished for was a little more fall color. There was just a touch here and there. We were so deep undercover in the forest that the rain hardly mattered.