Explore the most popular hiking trails near Welches with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did this trip as our first overnight backpacking trip in mid June. Hiked the little over 8 miles to Linney Creek Trail and camped at the site there right next to the river. The water was great through a filter. The trail never got too steep and had a few beautiful view spots. There were many creeks on the trail as a water source as well.

backpacking
8 days ago

the first half of the trail is beautiful and we'll maintained. I saw no one after the first five miles or so. however the second half of the loop clearly has not been maintained in the last 10 years or so. you will be pushing through dense brush for a few miles. both of my water bottles were pulled from my pack at different times by branches. there are also very few places to camp after the 9 mile Mark. however there are ample opportunities to refill your water bottles. I likely wouldnt do the full trail as described on this trail.

hiking
10 days ago

Went on Tuesday, July 10th and it was overcast all morning. I got on the trail at 7am and walked 5 miles in. Mostly shade, easy incline, wildflowers, streams almost all dry. My dog and I didn’t see anyone for the 4.5 hours we were out there. Next time I’ll go the entire way. I’ll go back again. It’s not a hard hike.

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
18 days 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
18 days ago

It was an enjoyable hike. Unfortunately, the sun didn’t peak out from the fog until we were back at the bottom, but we did enjoy the hike overall. It’s mostly they beautiful Forrest, the incline isn’t bad at all. The view at the top for us was dense fog! Lol. But, we enjoyed the other hikers we met and they told us about McNeil Point which ended up being the best hike in Oregon! So overall, IF there would have been a good view I would have given it 5 Stars.

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
27 days 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.

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
28 days 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
29 days ago

a long steady climb. I like the trail, it's a nice gentle grade. it's a pretty forest hike that leads to a fantastic view at the top. the trail is clear and easy to follow. to get to TH go across the bridge, to the end of the road. I started down salmon river trail at first.

Excellent and very pretty trail. Plenty of nice camping spots open even on a weekend. Sparsely traversed passed the 3.1 mile mark so much more solitary and foresty but very peaceful and pretty. Not too challenging. Good practice before attempting the mountain hikes.

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

backpacking
1 month ago

Took my 8-year old daughter on the first 2 miles of this for her first overnight trip. It was the perfect introduction to backpacking. Not too easy, not too hard. Well-maintained trail. Lots of friendly people everywhere. And some great dispersed sites just after the wilderness trail notice. Highly recommended.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a workout. Very peaceful and serene -never saw another human. The start is confusing as mentioned, have to cross a large stream (I slipped and dunked my leg which made for a soggy 10 miles), but if you’re looking to tune out and burn some calories, check it out. If you’re looking for Instagram worth photos, check in elsewhere.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Still a bit of snow but can be easily diverged, one of the best views I’ve seen in Oregon.

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

hiking
2 months ago

We went out on an overcast am, it hailed, rained, then the sun came out. We were a mile shy of the end and had deep snow so we turned back. Our short dog needed to stop! Beautiful trail but not that hard.

backpacking
2 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.

fyi ... microspikes needed from about 4200 to 4400ft due to ice on the switchbacks. then foot deep snow following the ridge the rest of the way to the summit. doable without snowshoes.

A favorite!

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

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, difficult hike. You’re climbing the whole time, but the view up top is pretty beautiful. We got to watch snow fall onto the mountains below, which was pretty spectacular. We’ll definitely be coming back!

hiking
3 months ago

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

backpacking
3 months ago

Took my six-year-old on his first backpacking trip here. Amazing spot considering how gentle of a hike it is for the little ones. Confusing signage, though, because it says no camping or fires, but what another hiker told me was that it only applied a quarter mile from the trail head.

Great trail. We only went up to the first lookout point on the ridge looking down to the river. We’re looking forward to doing it again and going through the entire loop. VERY heavy traffic with lots of people and dogs, so don’t expect to be on your own. Overall very fun.

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