Explore the most popular views 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.

hiking
7 days 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.

hiking
17 days ago

Came out to go backpacking, but once I got to the top I realized I probably wasn't going to be able to pitch a tent anywhere comfortably.

You are in the trees most of the way with a steady incline all the way to the top. Once there, the view is amazing.

One note for other hikers is that there were a lot of flies on the hike and especially at the top, so it would be good to be prepared for that.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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

hiking
2 months 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
3 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
3 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.

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.

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

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty trail. A lot of people. A lot of unleashed dogs. Be prepared to do some ankle deep wading.

Gorgeous trail. Beautiful river vistas.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful old forest. easy trail

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful easy stroll. A few small and one not as small river crossings.

Dear lord, talk about an ass kicker! Just constant uphill for 4.5 miles. The only reason to do this trail is for the challenge cuz there’s nothing else. No big waterfall, no epic views

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous mossy trees with an easy trail along the river.

Gorgeous old growth trees dripping with green moss and the river is so green! Amazing beauty. I give 5 stars to the first couple miles that is closer to Welches. The section that is past Green Canyon trail doesn’t have as much old growth but does have picnic tables scattered near the campground. It’s also super confusing that 2 trails have such similar names! Old Salmon River trail is #724 and the Salmon River trail is #724A. At one point they are literally right across the road from each other. Confusing when you are trying to rendezvous with someone.

Great easy hike! Beautiful this time of year.

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