Kinzel Lake via Salmon River Trail is a 16.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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 for the Salmon River Trail #742. Follow this trail for 6.1 miles to the Kinzel Lake Trail
Omg... My legs will never be the same. I hated switchbacks on climbs... Until I hit this trail that doesn't have any!!! Holly UP! - but a great F'ing workout!
In the middle of nowhere, and up 9+ miles of insanely hard to drive forest service roads.. I have never completed the trail as we saw a black bear cub up there earlier this month. The campground is nearby the trail head but is pretty much null as far as amenities go.