Salmon River Wilderness Trailhead to Arrah-Wanna Road

Sandy, Oregon

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This stretch of the Salmon begins several miles below the Salmon–Huckleberry Wilderness where the river plunges through a beautiful gorge with several large waterfalls. In contrast, this section provides an enjoyable afternoon of fairly continuous class 2 rapids with great wilderness scenery. If you have some extra time, some wonderful old-growth forests can be seen along the first mile of the trail into the wilderness upstream of the put-in. Rapids begin right from the beginning as the river tumbles through small boulder gardens in a lush forested canyon. About 2 miles into the run is a long boulder garden that ends in a 3-foot ledge. This is the most difficult rapid on the run. After another mile, the canyon opens up and cabins, which detract somewhat from the experience, begin to appear. Character: forested; cabins.

Salmon River: Wilderness Trailhead to Arrah-Wanna Road Professional Review and Guide

"This stretch of the Salmon begins several miles below the Salmon–Huckleberry Wilderness where the river plunges through a beautiful gorge with several large waterfalls. In contrast, this section provides an enjoyable afternoon of fairly continuous class 2 rapids with great wilderness scenery. If you have some extra time, some wonderful old-growth forests can be seen along the first mile of the trail into the wilderness upstream of the put-in.

Rapids begin right from the beginning as the river tumbles through small boulder gardens in a lush forested canyon. About 2 miles into the run is a long boulder garden that ends in a 3-foot ledge. This is the most difficult rapid on the run. After another mile, the canyon opens up and cabins, which detract somewhat from the experience, begin to appear. Character: forested; cabins."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Sandy
Distance: 5.3
Class: Class II-III
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 500–2000
Driving Directions: Directions to Salmon River: Wilderness Trailhead to Arrah-Wanna Road

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May 2018