Salmon River Trail #742 is a hiking trail in Clackamas County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood National Forest and Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness Area. It is 13.1 miles long and begins at 1,600 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 26.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,237 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Salmon River Trail #742 Professional Reviews and Guides
"A two- to three-day, round-trip backpack in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. Fishing is popular on the Salmon River, where major runs of steelhead, coho, and chinook salmon return each year. Although the Salmon River National Recreation Trail is the most popular of 70 miles of trails that crisscross the area, you can still enjoy a bit of solitude if you travel several miles downriver. Special attractions: Good fishing; several waterfalls (off the main trail); pretty streams."
--Donna Lynn Ikenberry, Hiking Oregon (Ikenberry) (Falcon Guides).
"The Mount Hood National Forest’s Salmon River Trail takes hikers on a journey through a mossy old-growth forest next to the wild and scenic Salmon River. The trail begins by hugging the edge of the river. It then climbs a steep ridge, ending with a short loop that offers impressive views of Salmon River Canyon and the surrounding forested ridges of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. Backpackers who follow the trail for 14.4 miles can look forward to spectacular scenery around every bend. Established campsites are available, but they fill up quickly on summer weekends."
--Lizann Dunegan, Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series) (Falcon Guides).
"Hike into the heart of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness along the forested slope of the Salmon River Canyon. Old-growth forest, flowers, and scattered viewpoints greet the hiker walking along this generally easy route. From the trailhead at 1,600 feet elevation, the Salmon River Trail 742 leads southeasterly. The track heads upstream along the cold, clear Salmon River through a forest of red alder, western red cedar, Douglas fi r, and vine maple, with a few rose bushes to add a splash of pink. Paintbrush and rhododendron crowd the trailside and stonecrop sprouts from the rocky outcrops. The course goes through a rock notch a quarter mile from the trailhead. A path to the right leads to a campsite 0.6 mile from the trailhead, as the trail passes through beautiful old-growth forest."
--Fred Barstad, Best Hikes Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"A fantastic river route that hugs the contours of the Salmon River and then climbs to a high ridge to a scenic viewpoint. Views. Bridges. This beautiful river trail takes you on a tranquil journey through the Salmon River Canyon past old-growth red cedars and Douglas fir. After 2 miles the trail turns away from the river and switchbacks up a high ridge with great views of the canyon. You’ll complete a short loop and then return on the same trail."
--Lizann Dunegan, Trail Running Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"Mount Hood National Forest’s Salmon River Trail takes hikers on a journey through a mossy old-growth forest next to the wild and scenic Salmon River. The trail begins by hugging the edge of the Salmon River. It then climbs a steep ridge, ending with a short loop that offers impressive views of Salmon River Canyon and the surrounding forested ridges of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness."
--Lizann Dunegan, Best Easy Day Hikes: Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"As the scenic highlight of the SalmonHuckleberry Wilderness, the Salmon River Canyon has been a popular hiking destination for decades. Starting in a magnifi cent old-growth forest, the trail eventually climbs to the forested hillsides above the water, passes a spectacular viewpoint on an open slope, and then travels past a series of impressive, but virtually unreachable waterfalls. The upper part of the canyon is less dramatic but still very attractive, with lovely forests and scattered spots along the river that are ideal for quiet contemplation. The biggest advantage of the upper trail is that it sees very few visitors, since dayhikers rarely travel that far."
--Doug Lorain, One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press).
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