Old Salmon River Trail

EASY 51 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
246 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
4 days ago

hiking
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9 days ago

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

hiking
21 days ago

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

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

1 month ago

walking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

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3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

3 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
4 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
4 months 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.

5 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.

5 months ago

hiking
5 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
7 months ago