Old Salmon River Trail

EASY 76 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous mossy trees with an easy trail along the river.

1 month ago

Gorgeous old growth trees dripping with green moss and the river is so green! Amazing beauty. I give 5 stars to the first couple miles that is closer to Welches. The section that is past Green Canyon trail doesn’t have as much old growth but does have picnic tables scattered near the campground. It’s also super confusing that 2 trails have such similar names! Old Salmon River trail is #724 and the Salmon River trail is #724A. At one point they are literally right across the road from each other. Confusing when you are trying to rendezvous with someone.

1 month ago

Great easy hike! Beautiful this time of year.

hiking
1 month ago

Flat and easy, but feels really remote. Salmon River was raging today! 12/30/17. A few parts had some small flooding, but it’s passable if you don’t mind getting wet. Old growth forest with an ethereal feel; lots of moss. Only a few other hikers/runners out there today.

5 months ago

Excellent easy walk but can feel long for kids and those not used to hiking. The trail is very pretty and you can catch sightings of huge fish if you hop over to the Salmon River Trail for about .5 miles.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike. The view along the river was beautiful. Lot's of shade which is great for a hot day. Unfortunately someone knocked the porta potty down into the beginning part of the trail so you either have to step around it or enter on the right side of the parking lot as opposed to the left. You should definitely go before you go since there is no bathroom.

7 months ago

too close to the road.

7 months ago

Great family friendly hiking trail on old growth forest

hiking
7 months ago

Green, cool, peaceful.

8 months ago

So pretty. The Oregon moss along the side of the river is so beautiful. Enjoy! Super easy trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful Hike- easy out and back. Different options for starting the hike.

walking
8 months ago

So beautiful! There are some steep areas but for the most part it's just leisurely walking. The forest is so lush, green and pretty. The trail mainly follows the river which sounds so relaxing and there are some beautiful spots to stop and take pictures of the river.

9 months ago

Beautiful! Full of old growth cedars and mushrooms (if the time is right!). Love this trail.

10 months ago

Nice easy hike if you want to bring your dog along. The start of the trail is a little narrow so you have to wait for people to pass you but it spreads out along the way.

11 months ago

Beautiful trail, not too hard. A little bit more snow than was expecting, which made it a little challenging in places. once at the top (breathing taking views)it was well worth trekking through the snow!!!

hiking
11 months ago

One of my favorite trails, second only to Salmon River Trail which is only a short hike away.

Expect to see a lush old-growth forest with massive Douglas-firs (living, snags, and fallen), big leaf maples, black cottonwoods, western redcedars, reaching rhododendrons, and lots and lots of moss.

It's an all-season hike for those who enjoy winter weather, and I can't overstate how beautiful it is when covered with snow.

Since Old Salmon River Trail is a short trail, and if you enjoy longer hikes, I recommend coupling it with Salmon River Trail.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Parked at the third trailhead to make for a faster hike-- beautiful and a few sketchy spots with the snow. Road started to get a bit harder to pass as you approached the regular Salmon River trail.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, January 05, 2017

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.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

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

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