ORWS No. 4: Salmon River

Salmon River

The Salmon River in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness | Photo: Zach Collier

Quick Facts

  • Managing Agency: Mt Hood National Forest (USDA Forest Service) and Salem District (BLM)
  • Designated Stretch: From its headwaters to its confluence with the Sandy River
  • Length: 33.5 miles (15 miles Wild, 4.8 miles Scenic, and 13.7 miles Recreational)
  • Outstanding Remarkable Values: Scenery, Recreation, Fisheries, Wildlife, Hydrology, and Botany/Ecology
  • Wild and Scenic River Designation: October 28, 1988

More Information

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.

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