Salmon River Trail

HARD 17 reviews
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Salmon River Trail is a 25.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Welches, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

25.9 miles 5526 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

Directions from Sandy: Travel east on Highway 26 for 17.9 miles. Turn south on Salmon River Road and follow it for five miles to the trailhead.

2 months ago

2 months ago

great place for a day hike or an overnight backpacking trip.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Gorgeous trail!! Absolutely loved it

7 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Not my cup of tea. Most of the short section I did was right along the road. This would be a great hike for walking the dog or taking your kids out though.

camping
1 year ago

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Great hike for dogs. Easy trail to walk, with several small streams to cross for water. If you are looking for an overnight, you can continue up to the Kinzel Trail, and then up the hill to Kinzel Lake. Add a little adventure by stopping over at Devil's Lookout Tower (about a mile away).
You start the hike by going through an Old Growth area. Then head to a wonderful bluff overlook area with a meadow filled with flower and butterfly's at the 4.5 mile mark. Yes the trial is not well marked. Just keep walking along the river, you will mostly be just fine.

hiking
1 year ago

Magical old-growth woods near the start. Worth the price of admission. The natural meadow/clearing around mile 3.6 is a good turn around point, there is a falling hazard there but no worse than any other trail in Oregon.

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful trail, poorly marked.

2 years ago

Good trail. Bit on the crowded side, but good overall. After a easy amble up the trail it climbs steeply up to an amazing viewpoint.

hiking
4 years ago

We only did the upper trail to the viewpoint and the went back down. It was steep and challenging in places but still worth it at the top! The view was so beautiful! We ate lunch at the top (or at least where we chose to turn around) before heading back. Other hikers kept going but said the trail went all the way to Trillium and where we stopped was the best view.

hiking
4 years ago

This is one of our favorite trails to hike over a weekend with the kids. Even our three year old can handle it with only a few breaks. It's also nice that it is just up the road from our house

hiking
5 years ago

Pure butter through the mossy forest along the river for the first two miles.It is almost misleading, as the trail leads away from the river and climbs steeply for the next several miles. Several falls that are barely or not visible from the main trail line both sides of the river from 3 to 4.5 miles in. A sketchy scrabbly ridge trail leads to a nice view point at 3.5 miles. This trail is short, about .2mi., but not for the faint of heart. At about 4.25 miles in, another trail branches off up the mountain towards Kinzel Lake and Devil's Peak Lookout. We went five miles in to Kinzel Creek, so not sure what happens after that. For predicted bad weather, there were quite a few people, and dogs, especially in the late afternoon return close to the trailhead. My girlfriend and I only stepped in one pile of dog shit each, so I guess it was a decent trail.

hiking
6 years ago

The trail climbs and descends a good amount of times and they sure didn't waste anytime by making switchbacks. The river is really small at that point, but you do cross a cool bridge.