South Breitenbush Gorge Trail #3366

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

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: Trail closed between intersection of Bear Point Trail and Craig Trail due to local fire.

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Weed Free Feed Required
Closest Towns: Detroit, Oregon
Water: No potable water
Information Center: Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342

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

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  Elevation : 
2300 feet - 2800 feet