Old Salmon River Trail

EASY 115 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
8 days ago

Flat. Good "warm up" trail with neat mossy tree views and river. Runs along river and the road but only heard 3 cars whole time near far end of trail. Couple spots to dip toes in river and possibly swim, take water shoes. Need a parking pass, get one at the Zig Zag info station .25 mi west of Salmon River Rd.

1 month ago

An easy and beautiful walk through the forest right by the river. Highly recommend! Especially for an early evening stroll. There is a $5 fee for use but you can’t pay it at the parking lot, you have to get a pass at specific locations in town.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Not too hard, but I’m not in the best shape so I didn’t make it all the way. It was a bit too crowded for me. I guess going on the 4th of July was a bad idea. I would definitely do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful trail to hike! Not too many people, lots of dog hikers, and great lunchsnack spots. Very little elevation change. Great family hike or trail running location.

walking
1 month ago

It’s an easy, simple walk with the river at your side. Not much of a hike as there is nothing to “hike.” It was our easy day so we enjoyed the river noise all the way thru and felt the calm of the old dense Forrest growth. We were there on a quiet Tuesday morning (6:30am) so not much noise at all and we realized there were still campers sleeping at the campgrounds so we walked quietly passed that area. There are sections the trail takes you to the road, but not long at all. It’s an enjoyable easy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was well-manicured. Definitely easy - our three small kids would be able to complete this without issue. It had some fun bridges and great scenery. There is not much parking and you can hear road noise from the trail, which is a bummer.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful easy trail. Right along the river, gorgeous forest.

3 months ago

Very nice old growth trail! Definitely what I think of when I think Pacific Northwest. However as an out of stater that just wanted to go for a walk, the Oregon State Park parking system is confusing. You drive all the way to the trailhead to find out it’s a pay area but no way to pay and little or no cell service. And I couldn’t find a day parking box or anything. I’d gladly pay to help support the parks but you are supposed to squire a Pass before arriving... Oregonians may already know this but the rest of us don’t.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful hike through an old growth forest. Bio-diversity was astounding. Adjacent to the Salmon.River so took lots of pictures

4 months ago

Easy, beginner hike but you’ve got to start somewhere.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a fantastic hike with our kids!!!! The river is gorgeous and the forest is so peaceful.

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty trail. A lot of people. A lot of unleashed dogs. Be prepared to do some ankle deep wading.

5 months ago

Gorgeous trail. Beautiful river vistas.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful old forest. easy trail

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful easy stroll. A few small and one not as small river crossings.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous mossy trees with an easy trail along the river.

7 months 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.

7 months ago

Great easy hike! Beautiful this time of year.

hiking
7 months 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.

10 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
11 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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

too close to the road.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great family friendly hiking trail on old growth forest

hiking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Green, cool, peaceful.

Monday, June 19, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

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

walking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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!!!

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