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Old Salmon River Trail (Spring)

Directions: Take Highway 26 to Old Salmon River Road (just past the Welches shopping center). Follow this road for a few miles until you see the marked trailhead on the right.

From the parking area follow the trail somewhat steeply downhill until you reach river level. The trail follows along closely to the Salmon River for most of this hike. The trail is fairly wide and well maintained. There are a lot of little side trails that take you down close to the river along the way. With all the snow melt and rain there were a good amount of seasonal streams we had to cross and the trail was very muddy.

      

The best part of this trail are all of the massive trees, it’s amazing and you get to see them the whole way. The trail heads up some steps and gains a small amount of elevation before leveling out again. As you start to head farther away from the river you will pop up out on Old Salmon River Road. Briefly walk along the road before reentering the forest on a trail. This is a good place to stop if you want a 3 mile total trip.

      

Continuing on is more of the same as you follow along the river and come to a camp site area. The trails ends at the Salmon River Trailhead. Just turn around and head back out the way you came in.

      

This is a nice, quiet spring hike. There isn’t anything overly special about it but it’s a very beautiful area.

      

Distance: 5 miles

Elevation: 200 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes a portable toilet

Parking Fee: $5 NW Forest Pass

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes on nice weekends

Overall: Very peaceful hike and the trees are great.

Old Salmon River Trail (Autumn)

The Old Salmon River Trail is located in Welches, Oregon. Take Highway 26 to Old Salmon River Road (just past the Welches shopping center) for a few miles until you see the marked trailhead on the right. There are 5 parking areas, each located about 1/3 mile apart.

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This hike is very easy and perfect for all ages and hiking abilities. From the trailhead the trail immediately heads down to the river. The trail follows the river the whole time and there are a lot of short side trails to small beaches and rocky areas that are great for taking pictures, relaxing, or having lunch. There is one area with a few stairs but other then that, it’s pretty evenly graded. The trail is lined with ferns and a few sparse huckleberry bushes. The main attraction is the Salmon River and the giant old growth Cedar and Doug Fir.

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Around the 1.5 mile mark the trail ends briefly and you have to walk along the road for a few feet. There are signs letting you know where to exit and reenter. Near the turnaround point you will pass by the Green Canyon Campground where there are bathrooms if needed. The end of this hike is at the Salmon River Trailhead. This is an out and back trail, so turn around and head back the way you came.

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Distance: 5 miles

Elevation: 200 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: There is a portable toilet at the first parking area.

Parking Fee: $5 NW Forest Pass

Seasons: All

Popular: No

Overall: The river is beautiful and the trees are huge!