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South Breitenbush Gorge National Recreation Trail

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

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South Breitenbush Gorge National Recreation Trail

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  • The South Breitenbush River is only visible from a few viewpoints along the trail.- South Breitenbush Gorge National Recreation Trail
  • A small stream crossing along the South Breitenbush Gorge National Recreation Trail.- South Breitenbush Gorge National Recreation Trail
  • - South Breitenbush Gorge National Recreation Trail
  • The understory of vine maples glow a vibrant green in the spring.- South Breitenbush Gorge National Recreation Trail
  • A section of the trail crosses a large windfall area.- South Breitenbush Gorge National Recreation Trail
  • Roaring Creek tumbles over moss-covered rocks below a log footbridge on the South Breitenbush Gorge National Recreation Trail.- South Breitenbush Gorge National Recreation Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful old--growth forest. Easy hike for kids.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Few views of the river.
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Region:
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,592.00 ft (790.04 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The South Breitenbush Gorge Trail is a nice walk through old-growth forest within earshot of the South Breitenbush River. There are a few views of the river, but for the most part it remains out of site at the bottom of a steep, heavily forested canyon. The gorge is only accessible via a side trail that is overgrown and largely covered by a massive area of downed trees. 

This is one of the most accessible trails in the Detroit Lake/Breitenbush Hot Springs area, and as such it sees plenty of use during the summer camping season. Nevertheless, the gentle walk through massive old-growth Douglas firs and the vibrant understory of Vine Maples make this a worthwhile afternoon destination for those camping nearby.

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