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. There are multiple parking areas for this trail- we parked in the first one.
We love this trail and try to get here multiple times a year. The abundance of moss and all the green is just beyond beautiful.
Once you get on the trail you will immediately head downhill to river level. From here you follow along closely to the river for a while, crossing a few footbridges along the way. There are a few areas where you can get right next to the water and get good views of the river. Continuing on you will come to a wooden stair case taking you up and away from the river.
From here you’ll be above the river for a bit but can still see it and soon you will pass by a large log jam area in the river. Continue on a bit farther and the trail comes to Old Salmon River Road. Stopping here gives you a nice 3 mile roundtrip hike, or you can follow along the road for a short distance and pick up the trail again. It takes you past a few campsites and offers more opportunities to hangout by the river. The trail eventually comes to the Salmon River Trailhead which is the turnaround point for a 5 mile roundtrip hike. Head back out the way you came in.
We’ve had a really dry November so the water level was still fairly low. We also didn’t run into any water running across the trail but that is common during the rainy months so be prepared for it.
Distance: 3 or 5 miles- depends where you stop (easy)
Elevation: 200 feet (easy)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: NW Forest Pass required
Popular: Yes on nice weekends