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, three other smaller bridges are located east of Roaring Creek.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/1/2016: Trail cleared in June 2016, not recommended for horse use. The bridge at Roaring Creek will be removed due to public safety concerns in 2017. There will not be any crossing of the creek until this bridge has been replaced, replacement date unknown at this time.
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