Salmon River Trail

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Salmon River Trail is a 25.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Welches, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

25.9 miles
4242 feet

dogs on leash




trail running


wild flowers




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.

trail running
3 months ago

Beautiful trail!!! Very runnable for those trail runners out there. A lot of water access if you are not into carrying a large hydration pack (be sure to filter!!) I wouldn't say the views are amazing, but the trail, seclusion and the sound of the river make up for it.

4 months ago

A VERY beautiful hike! A fair amount of incline going in (especially if you have heavier packs), but coming out a few days later was much easier. Ha!

Plenty of campsites within the first 2 miles and a few scattered throughout the rest of the trail.

Along the river most of the way if you're in need of water.

4 months ago

Wanted to do a quick overnight backpacking trip. What a wonderful hike. Great for trail running, too. Lots of good campsites all along the way. Four stars: Few sites, vistas to see.

5 months ago

We backpacked in and stayed at the campsite at the Linney Creek trail right on the river at mile 8. it was a gorgeous spot. That said, the best hike and views were in the first three miles and hiking past the registration station generally isn't worth it.

The trail itself is poorly designed along creek crossings with unnecessary descents and ascents. There are four waterfalls along the route with no access points because the sides of the valley are too steep.

Keep it a day hike or camp in the first two miles.

5 months ago


5 months ago

Set camp on snowfield which for Dry Fir is about all that was available in late May. A bit too much bushwhacking required on the descent of Dry Fir, but remainder of hike justifies the 5 stars.

5 months ago

This trail is gorgeous! It winds along the Salmon river so you get to listen to the lovely sounds of the river the whole time. There are camping spots along the trail. This is a great trail for dogs. It does require a Northwest Forest Pass. You can get a day pass at the Thriftway in Welches, 15 minutes away.

6 months ago

Amazingly gorgeous viewpoints, plentiful campsites near the river and tributaries, dogs allowed, not too many people, old growth trees, berries, mushrooms, occasional challenges... everything great about a trail!

Beautiful place. Wish I could backpack... lots of places to camp overnight.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail, easy for all skill and fitness levels. You can stop and turn around whenever you feel you've reached your limit. There is no mountain lookout or waterfall, but it is truly one of the most beautiful hikes I've been on.

8 months ago

Look forward to doing this one again. Really nice. There are two areas. A lower trail, which is a quick 2 or 3 miles, and an upper trail which is much longer. Both are a great taste of the North West.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

great place for a day hike or an overnight backpacking trip.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Gorgeous trail!! Absolutely loved it

Friday, March 04, 2016

Not my cup of tea. Most of the short section I did was right along the road. This would be a great hike for walking the dog or taking your kids out though.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Great hike for dogs. Easy trail to walk, with several small streams to cross for water. If you are looking for an overnight, you can continue up to the Kinzel Trail, and then up the hill to Kinzel Lake. Add a little adventure by stopping over at Devil's Lookout Tower (about a mile away).
You start the hike by going through an Old Growth area. Then head to a wonderful bluff overlook area with a meadow filled with flower and butterfly's at the 4.5 mile mark. Yes the trial is not well marked. Just keep walking along the river, you will mostly be just fine.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Magical old-growth woods near the start. Worth the price of admission. The natural meadow/clearing around mile 3.6 is a good turn around point, there is a falling hazard there but no worse than any other trail in Oregon.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Beautiful trail, poorly marked.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Good trail. Bit on the crowded side, but good overall. After a easy amble up the trail it climbs steeply up to an amazing viewpoint.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

We only did the upper trail to the viewpoint and the went back down. It was steep and challenging in places but still worth it at the top! The view was so beautiful! We ate lunch at the top (or at least where we chose to turn around) before heading back. Other hikers kept going but said the trail went all the way to Trillium and where we stopped was the best view.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

This is one of our favorite trails to hike over a weekend with the kids. Even our three year old can handle it with only a few breaks. It's also nice that it is just up the road from our house

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