South Breitenbush Gorge Trail #3366


The sight and sound of the South Breitenbush River along with older Douglas-fir and Western Hemlock forest settings accompany the hiker along this National Recreation Trail. This trail winds along the South Breitenbush River through Douglas-Fir, Western Hemlock Pacific Yew and Western Red Cedar forest.  Trail has a few wind damaged timber stands, beautiful stream crossings and spectacular plant life.  

A short scramble over wind blown logs will offer great views of the gorge but the hike from the trail can be treacherous.  At the gorge river passes through a 300 foot long basalt narrows. Watch for difficult footing between the main trail and the Gorge viewpoint. 

At Roaring Creek is the largest bridge of the trail, a picturesque log footbridge crosses Roaring Creek at a steep section of cascading water. Three other smaller bridges are located east of Roaring Creek. 

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Detroit, Oregon
Water: South Breitenbush River and several small streams. No potable water. Water from rivers and streams
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information


Access to this trail is at:

General Notes:

Map of South Breitenbush Gorge trail

Use caution with children and pets near the Gorge, rocks can become slippery.

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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.5 miles

  Elevation : 
2300 feet - 2800 feet