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Salmon River, Old Trail

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • One of the trail's numerous backcountry campsites.- Salmon River, Old Trail
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  • Looking up the Salmon River.- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Looking down the Salmon River.- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Baldhip rose (Rosa gymnocarpa).- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Swimming hole near the East Welches Road bridge.- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Backcountry campsite near the East Welches Road bridge.- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Lady fern (Athyrium felix-femina).- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Lipstick cladonia (Cladonia macilenta) and broom moss (Dicranum scoparium).- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis).- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • - Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Red columbine (Aquilegia formosa).- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • - Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Giant western red cedar (Thuja plicata).- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Smooth alumroot (Heuchera glabra).- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Swimming hole near the northeastern trailhead.- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • One of the trail's numerous backcountry campsites.- Salmon River, Old Trail
  • Old-growth Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menzies).- Salmon River, Old Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Preserved old-growth forest. Great winter hike.
Cons: 
Trail can get soggy. No vistas.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.20 mi (8.37 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,460.00 ft (445.01 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Of all of the old-growth forests here in Oregon, few rival the majesty and health of the forest surrounding the Old Salmon River Trail.  The Douglas firs and western red cedars in this forest must be among the tallest in the state.  The moss-filled forest is accessible year round, as well.  We love this hike, and you can extend it by continuing onto the Salmon River Canyon Trail.  The Green Canyon Campground provides options for designated campsites, but the trail also boasts more than 15 backcountry campsites for those who prefer to hike in.  Check our map to find the best option for you.

Attention!: The Forest Service is considering closing the Salmon River to all camping outside the Green Canyon Campground due to excessive tree damage, trampled plants, and the high volume of garbage, human waste, and toilet paper left at the backcountry campsites.  They simply do not have the budget to maintain the area given these challenges.  If you want to continue to camp alongside the river, pack out all garbage and toilet paper and dispose of it properly, bury your feces six inches down and more than 100 feet from river, bring your own firewood and stay on established paths.  Using the area responsibly will increase the chance that visitors will be allowed to continue enjoying the land.

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