Salmon River Trail - Short Option

MODERATE 37 reviews
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Salmon River Trail - Short Option is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,116 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
17 hours ago

Such a beautiful trail. Only saw a few people on a Sunday. Listening to the river made up for my dogs pulling! Not technical. A little rolly. Be back soon!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Just make sure to pick up a Day recreational pass from the store before the salmon river turn-off. Well worth the drive!

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful little hike along the river - great for an out and back one night backpacking trip. Would recommend setting up camp within the first couple miles and then continuing on the trail sans pack for some gorgeous views. Once you leave the river around mile two, camping options very sparse for this short option trip, but hiking up the hill is well worth the effort for some spectacular views and great cardio.

hiking
2 months ago

Terrific hike with the river and scenic view at the top. Very worthwhile and nice hike worth doing again. All Trails directions for the. trail head suck. You need to go all the way to the bridge for the trail head. All trails directions have you stopping 2 miles before the trail head - so our 8 mile hike turned into 12.

2 months ago

The view at the loop is so rewarding!! The trail is really easy until just past the permit box at the edge of Salmon-huckleberry Wilderness, where it really heads uphill. PERFECT on a sunny day.

hiking
4 months ago

There was still snow on the trail, I would definitely wear boots if you have them. There is a lot of foot traffic. So quiet and beautiful, we can’t wait to do it again!

hiking
5 months ago

Snowy, beautiful, amazingness! Had to navigate through some slick areas but well worth the effort. Glad I had trekking poles and good traction boots. No snow towards the viewpoint.

hiking
6 months ago

Haven’t hiked to the end but if you want to walk close to a roaring river a lot then this is for you! Disclaimer, the first little bit you are walking around a ridge so at first you are far from the river but when you go down, you enter a magical grove a trees with a creek and the roaring river going around it. I feel like I didn’t want to go any further b/c it’s so charming and inviting!
PS at the trailhead pay attention to the signage since the parking lot is this trail on one side and the Old Salmon River trailhead is on the other side. Easy to confuse the trails.

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous and magical fall hike!

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9 months ago

Gorgeous!!!! Majestic!!!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful, scenic hike. I'd say it's on the easier side of moderate. Love that you're walking right near the river almost the whole time. The sounds, smells, views - all worth every step! Lots of salmon in the river today. Had fun watching them swim and flop around. Definitely recommend. Will go back again!

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great trail with lots of things to look at along the way - the river, fun bridges to walk across, etc. Half way in, there is a check-in box. A little after that, begins the uphill climb to the view. Dunk your toes in the river on a hot day. Definitely would do this one again, while it's dry season.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beautiful trail. Rocky in some areas, pine needle flooring in other areas. Viewpoint at the summit is rewarding! Appropriately labeled as a moderate Trail. Enjoy!

hiking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Really fun hike that only takes a few hours, was hoping to gain a little more elevation but still was amazing and will be back to this one.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Only went in about 2 miles, got a late start, will definitely be back to go the whole way!

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