Old Salmon River Trail #742A

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Old Salmon River Trail

This trail is very kid-friendly. Only 1.9 miles long, it parallels the wild and scenic Salmon River. Although this trail is near the road, the closeness and constant sound of the river, as well as the old growth features of the forest, make this one of the most outstanding hikes on the Zigzag District.


Other than a short hill on each end, this is a relatively flat trail. It has several bridges that cross small creeks. It does pop up on to the road a couple of times since it is located on a narrow slice of land between the Salmon River and Salmon River Road.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail was cleared 05/20/2021.
Closest Towns: Welches, OR
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Old Salmon River trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information


From Sandy, OR - follow US Hwy 26 17.3 miles east. Then turn south on Salmon River Road (Forest Road 2618) following it 2.6 miles to the first trailhead access.

Other access points lie further along Salmon River Road on the pullout areas on the right-hand shoulder. The southern end of the trail is 2.4 miles past the first along Salmon River Road and is just before a bridge across the river.



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  Area/Length : 
1.9 miles

  Elevation : 
1450' - 1550'


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