Old Salmon River Trailhead
From Portland Hikers Field Guide
- Latitude: 45.30880
- Longitude: -121.94311
- Maps: Portland Hikers Maps Google Earth
- Elevation: 1645 feet
- Driving time from Portland: 1.25 hours
Hikes starting here
The Salmon River Trail once began near the community of Welches, but when a road was built up the canyon to begin logging operations in the 1960s, the trail was truncated. Sections of the lower trail still parallel the road, and are described in the Old Salmon River Hike. Because the Salmon River Road parallels the Old Salmon River Trail for its entire length, there are actually five separate, signed trailheads with parking that, combined, serve as the trailhead for the Old Salmon River Trail. None of these have toilets or water, though both are available at the nearby Green Canyon Campground. This string of trailheads is described in the narrative for the Old Salmon River Hike, and denoted as Trailheads A through E on the map below, and in photos on this page. These are not official Forest Service designations, however, and are only intended to help you navigate a somewhat confusing series of trail access points in this area.
The trailheads can be reached from Highway 26 by driving one mile past the Welches shopping center to Salmon River Road, on the right. Follow Salmon River Road for several miles until you pass a large sign listing mileages to the various trailheads, then the gateway sign to the Mount Hood National Forest. The first of the Old Salmon River Hike trailheads is located one-tenth mile beyond the gateway sign, on the right. The additional B through E alternative trailheads are occur at one-third to half-mile intervals for the next couple of miles, and are signed with trailhead markers.
- Splintercat (Tom Kloster) (primary)