Salmon River Trail

HARD 47 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
25.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5570 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

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
2 days 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.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
14 days 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.

backpacking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

fishing
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful!

backpacking
1 month ago

camping
1 month 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.

hiking
2 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.

backpacking
2 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!

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.