Old Salmon River Trail

EASY 40 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.

2.7 miles 246 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.

6 hours 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.

hiking
17 days ago

17 days 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

walking
4 months ago

5 months ago

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

hiking
6 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,

7 months ago

hiking
7 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.

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

9 months ago

A forest of ferns. Beautiful.

10 months ago

Didn't do all of the trail ran out of time. Plan to finish the trail some day. It was very beautiful.