Salmonberry River: Beaver Slide Road to the Nehalem River is a 10 mile trail located near Nehalem, OR. The trail is primarily used for whitewater kayaking.
Great trail and some interesting history, just watch out for ticks!
Did the upper part with two kids and it was great! Lot of old train stuff to explore and amazing bridge with brilliant view
Last weekend paddled from Beaverslide to Nehalem. Definitely want class 4 paddling skills. Most of the party portage chew chew, and one logjam near the end that needed portage. Beaverslide Road is the roughest road I've ever been down. But all 4-wheel drive cars made it. Lots of campers at put in. Lots of hikers along it, and a bunch of fishermen in the lower 3 miles.
Fun trail. Hiked from Nehalem River east to what was the town of Eldridge (approx 4mi). Fairly easy trail with little to no elevation change.
We hiked from Nehalem river to place marked as Belfort on the map, approximately 3mi upstream on the Salmonberry. The river was beautiful and the hiking was flat along the railroad tracks. We crossed three bridges, all in good condition now that the railroad is being repaired. Those repairs ended about 2 to 2.5 miles in (at this time, Jan 2015), but the trail was easy even in one place where the tracks are washed out. We saw about 6 people fishing and three other hikers.
The trail was relatively simple. It felt like we hiked in on an old logging road that was above the river. So it wasn't all that scenic, since the trail was carved out of the side of a hill. So below was the river and to the left was the side of a hill. Perfect for the first hike, no way to get lost. There were a couple of "crossings", one a rocky crossing we had to go slow and one a water crossing which got my feet wet as I carried the kids. We found out what trekking poles were used for. We highly recommend this investment!