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It’s a light route to take in the beautiful green scenery off the “beaten path” to gaze at the trees. I did enjoy walking my dog and saw a few openings to the river. It’s so peaceful with the rushing water flowing by. This time of year you won’t see the fish at the underwater hatchery they have to observe the flow- but that’s okay. This place has plenty of walking areas and history to read about the area.

Really pleasant hike. Nice and flat. Great vantages of the river. Went for fall colors, but they’re not quite out yet (not a complaint).

If you want a quiet non crowded workout, this would be good for you. I wouldn’t do it again because I like hikes with views. There isn’t really a view because the end is the start of the Hunchback trail. I went the same weekend as the deadly cougar attack so I think the trail is temporarily closed now.

$5.00 parking fee, so very worth it! I was able to take my wheelchair ridden grandmother on all the trails!! This was the only place in Mount Hood area that we could find for her. Good job whoever runs this park on your ADA accessibility! Very well kept yet still smack in the middle of nature with lots of river access. Very impressed!

Great hike for the family.

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail.

"The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker.
The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation."

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail.

"The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker.
The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation."

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on nearby Hunchback Trail.

Great out and back; more of a good rugged walk than a hike. Perfect for rehanbing my insufferable Achilles tendonosis and knee with zero cartilage. Labor Day, not crowded at all until after 1pm. Lots of doggos, some kiddos. Fun to watch beginning climbers rapelling on a cliff face about 1.5 miles in where you have to follow the road for about 50 ft.

Easy and gorgeous. One of my favorite hikes by far. Go early. Nobody around. Very peaceful.

backpacking
4 months ago

Did a 1 night backpacking trip on Sept 4. Started counter clockwise, so at Green Canyon. It was steep pretty much the whole way, but also forested the entire time so it wasn’t bad at all. You don’t get the fallen trees until you meet Hunchback trail, and it’s not too bad. We reached Devils tower and wished we could have slept there: it’s a lookout tower that you can sleep inside with a view of Mt Hood. If you stay here, you could see sunset and sunrise which is a huge perk! there are also plenty of campsites around but you will need to bring all your water as you really only have water access on the Salmon River which the trail only follows the first three miles going clockwise. We camped at Kinzel Lake which wasn’t hard to find and there are established sites with tables which was nice. The next day we descended all the way the end. We didn’t run into people until the last 2 miles of the Salmon River trail where you will find plenty of camp spots. The best scenery in my opinion were the last 3 miles on the salmon river. Enjoy!

Great scenery, easy hike, our dog loved it!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked on Aug 29: easy road access to TH. U need a permit. Well-marked trail, nice incline to get warmed up and then it gets steep for about 4 miles. Kinzel Lake was crystal clear, sunny day so lots of beautiful scenic views and majestic view of Mt Hood. No bugs. Blowdown gives you a challenging workout on the way down. Heard there were car break ins so I emptied everything I didn’t want but we didn’t have any trouble. It was quite tranquil listening to the Salmon River on the way up!

Do not overnight here! I overnighted with friends on 8/24-8/25. The trail is great, no question there. All three of our cars were broken into and things stolen. The main trailhead parking area is not safe to keep your car overnight. Ten, yes 10 cars were broken into last week. Not going back until these people are caught. The trail is great!

Was visiting Orlando with my family and wow what a beautiful hike!!

awesome trail and well maintained

hiking
5 months 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.

Excellent forest walk.

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.

Did this as a long day hike going clockwise. Wanted to have fresh legs for the incline. Took us 9 hrs to complete and we are not in the best of shape. Either my phone gps is way off or the mileage on here is off. Phone said 20.75 miles from parking lot. Refilled water bottles right before the lookout tower. Ran out of water on the way back down and had to pump at the river. As stated earlier, lots of downed trees. Can't imagine having to climb over them at the end on fatigued legs. Views of the mountains was beautiful. Fields of clover and wildflowers along the way. If we did this again it would be as an overnighter. Only saw 1 person until we got to the lookout. Was really busy last couple of miles.

hiking
6 months 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!

Sweet walk, fun for kids, nice nature!

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.

backpacking
6 months ago

Myself and a group of friends did an overnight trip doing the loop counter clockwise. If you're looking to stay at Kinzel Lake, the trail leading to the lake campground is hard to find, there are no signs for it at all. It appears more as a wash, about a quarter mile before hitting the road, keep your eyes out for it. Hunchback trail past Devil's Peak had tons of fallen trees that you have to climb over, which was both fun and exhausting. Great loop.

walking
6 months 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
6 months 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.

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

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.

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

backpacking
8 months ago

Great overnight journey. We did this loop counter clockwise. Didn’t find a good access point for Kinzel Lake. Trail from Kinzel Lake to Green Canyon trail was mostly still snow covered. Excited to do this again later in the season. Hunchback trail could use some maintenance; blow downs.

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