Salmon River

Zigzag Mountain, Oregon 97067

Salmon River

Salmon River Professional Review and Guide

"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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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.
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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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8/19/2008
Plenty of parking at trailhead, well graded elevation gain, good coverage in the forest on hot days, and a truly spectacular waterfall as a reward.
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8/15/2008
Easy hike yet a gorgeous one. The water level was low so the falls were minimal but very pretty.
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7/11/2008
If you photograph the falls, be sure at least one frame includes the bridge beneath it, this for context because otherwise people would not believe something so beautiful could also be so tall. We followed the hiking books' good advice and took the trail loop clockwise, enjoying the packed-earth trail and Ramona Creek on the way in; unless you're in a hurry after visiting the falls, returning the same way is far better (better trail, better scenery) than continuing out clockwise. At the falls, you will find a wonderful place to have lunch, read a book and just enjoy. On this Friday hike, we encountered only seven people at the falls, and five of them didn't stay long. Oh, and the hundreds of blooming rhododendrons made this hike even better.
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11/3/2007
This is a very easy trail. Had to cross the Sandy River about 1 mile in over a large plank. The weather was great and the falls were beautiful. It took about 3.5 hours to complete the loop and the trail is well marked except for the crossing over the Sandy River. Watch for the flagging to stay on course past the washed out sections.
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9/10/2007
Couldn't find the trail head! Got really really lost! Gave up and went to another trail.
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7/17/2006
Excellent hike and astounding waterfall. Looking forward to going back in the fall to this one!
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7/7/2006
This trail has so much to offer to the intermittent day hiker. Yes, there are other friendly folks on the trail too but I found this to be a positive experience rather then a negative happening. The sights along the trail are among some of the most beautiful sights that I have seen. I really liked the balance between the open sky areas and forested areas that the trail has to offer. It’s a good workout for most people, and at the top of the trail your reward is the gorgeous Ramona Falls. It felt so nice to experience the cool mist of water coming off of the water falls onto my face and body after the 1,500 foot upward elevation climb to reach the falls. The good news is that when you are ready to return to the trailhead parking lot, it is literally all down hill from the falls back to where you started. I highly recommend this trail for families with kids seven (7) years and older as well as the occasional adult day hikers.
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7/31/2005
This is one of my favorites around Portland. Come early because the trail becomes crowded in the late morning. I began my hike at 7am and had the whole trail to myself.
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Trail Information

Zigzag Mountain
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Mt. Hood National Forest
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Oct 2018