ORWS No. 4: Salmon River
- Flows from its headwaters on Mount Hood to its confluence with the Sandy River
- The only river in the "Lower 48" designated as a National Wild and Scenic River its entire length
- Famous among kayakers as the "Mount Everest of Oregon Kayaking"
- The Salmon River Trail is less than an hour from Portland, Oregon
- Flows through the federally designated Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness
The Salmon River in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness | Photo: Zach Collier
Celebrated by Zach Collier on January 31, 2017 by hiking the Salmon River Trail into the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.
Zach Collier: I drove the long route to the South of Mount Hood on my way from Hood River to Portland and stopped to hike up the Salmon River. There was snow on the Salmon River Road but I was able to make it up to the trailhead and only got stuck once. At the trailhead I was worried that I'd be postholing through a foot of snow but many people had come before me putting a nice path in the snow. It was a wonderful winter walk through old growth forest that parallels the Salmon River. The Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness boundary was a couple miles up the trail. I was really amazed at how close this federally designated Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River was from Portland, Oregon.