Salmon River Canyon Trail (photo by Marielle Cowdin)

Salmon River Canyon Hike

Stroll beneath old-growth giants in a classic forest hike along a Wild & Scenic River in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain: ~900 feet
Leader: Jamie Dawson
Location: Mount Hood National Forest (carpools depart from Portland)

In the 1960s, some confused folks had the not-so-great idea that a highway should run straight up Salmon River Canyon as an alternate route to Highway 26. Lucky for big trees, the salmon that rely on them, and us hikers who love to experience the wild beauty of the Mount Hood National Forest, the plan died.

Today, much of the area is protected in the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness. The canyon and the river below support wild salmon that return each year to spawn.

On this hike, we'll walk along the trail surrounded by giant Douglas fir and western red cedar trees. Be ready to experience the big and the small, the beautiful and the fine on this close-in hike.

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Salmon River Trail photo by Marielle Cowdin.