Salmon Butte Trail #791

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Salmon Butte trail accesses the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.  On a clear day Salmon Butte offers outstanding views. Rhododendron, larkspur, paintbrush, beargrass and stonecrop all bloom along the trail.

Salmon Butte Trail climbs 3000’ over its 4.3 miles through the forest to the 4,870’ Salmon Butte. The trail climbs steeply for the first 1.5 miles then becomes more gradual for the next 2 miles. The trail climbs steeply again for the final mile. At 4 miles, the trail runs into an old road. Follow the road to the right and continue to the summit of Salmon Butte. On a clear day, as you summit, you will be rewarded with an outstanding view of Mount Hood. To the south you can see Mt. Jefferson and the Three Sisters. To the north, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and the Salmon River valley.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 9/28/2020 Trail Open however may be impassible: Be alert for down trees, debris, and hanging limbs due to recent windstorm. Trail was cleared first 4 miles before 07/02/2020
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Welches, OR
Passes: A valid recreation pass is not required at trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zigzag Ranger District- Zigzag Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR - travel 17.3 miles east of Sandy on US Hwy 26.  Turn right (south) at Salmon River road and follow it south. The pavement ends in 5 miles at the bridge. Continue on graveled road for another 0.7 miles.  Park in the wide spot in the road on the left (north).  There is limited parking.  The trail starts across the road.

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5.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
1700' - 4900'