Salmon River

Zigzag Mountain, Oregon

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The Salmon River, which starts on the slopes of Timberline Ski Area, is the only river in the lower 48 states that is classified as a Wild and Scenic River from its headwater to its mouth. (To see its headwater and ford it where you can skip across, do the Barlow Pass or Timberline Lodge trip; see pages 166 and 213, respectively.) The trail along the Salmon can be thought of as having three sections. The upper and lower sections, described here, are extremely easy to get to, and in the fall they host—wait for it—spawning salmon. The uppermost section, accessed by a different road near Trillium Lake, is less interesting than these and tougher to find; its only advantage is that hardly anybody hikes it. For hardier hikers, I’ve also included an optional side trip to Devils Peak.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland

by Paul Gerald (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Salmon River, which starts on the slopes of Timberline Ski Area, is the only river in the lower 48 states that is classified as a Wild and Scenic River from its headwater to its mouth. (To see its headwater and ford it where you can skip across, do the Barlow Pass or Timberline Lodge trip; see pages 166 and 213, respectively.)

The trail along the Salmon can be thought of as having three sections. The upper and lower sections, described here, are extremely easy to get to, and in the fall they host—wait for it—spawning salmon. The uppermost section, accessed by a different road near Trillium Lake, is less interesting than these and tougher to find; its only advantage is that hardly anybody hikes it. For hardier hikers, I’ve also included an optional side trip to Devils Peak.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Zigzag Mountain
Length: 5.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mt. Hood National Forest
Topo Map: Salmon River Topographic Map
Guide Book: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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7/24/2010

This hike gives you the reward of great views of Mt.Hood, and an outstanding place to relax and have lunch half way through. Counter clockwise will take you the easier route due to the steepness of the trail.

7/18/2010

Ramona falls is quite a marvel. There was quite a bit of water coming down off it. We continued on to about 6200 ft on Yocum ridge. Quite a bit of snow in the gullies.

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