Old Salmon River Trail #742A
ElevationAscent: 188' 57 m
Descent: -92' -28 m
High: 1,603' 488 m
Low: 1,431' 436 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“Old Salmon River is a perfect trail for kids or folks wanting an easy, river-side hike through old growth forest.”— Kathleen Walker
Family Friendly This trail is fairly wide and pretty flat - ideal for kids. Just keep an eye on them around the river. They will love the old growth trees.
Although this trail is near the road, the closeness and constant sound of the river, as well as the old growth features of the forest, make this one of the most outstanding trails in the Zigzag District. If you start at the downstream side, there is a short drop down to the river, before the trail runs at river grade the rest of the way before climbing back up to the road at the other end.
Old Salmon River Trail has several bridges that cross small creeks. The trail pops up on to the road a couple of times where there is little room between the river and the road. The trail passes through the Green Canyon Campground towards the south end of the trail which is a good spot to stop and use a restroom before returning to the trailhead. Or you can spot a vehicle at one end and skip the return trip.
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Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Hood National Forest - Zigzag Ranger Distict